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 –  Swapping Insults as Geneva’s Political Talks End

April 01 – 2017  –  Scott Lucas – Opposition: Assad regime “are solely discussing their empty rhetoric about countering terrorism”

The latest round of indirect political talks in Geneva has ended with the Assad regime and Syria’s opposition swapping insults.Nasr al-Hariri of the opposition-rebel High Negotiations Committee said the “terrorist regime” had refused to discuss political transition during the talks.He said Bashar al-Assad, who has dismissed any transition in which he leaves power, is a war criminal who must step down in the name of peace:

    They are solely discussing their empty rhetoric about countering terrorism….

    War crimes and crimes against humanity must not be an option for negotiations. From now, venues must be found for transitional justice to ensure holding the perpetrators accountable.

The head of the regime delegation, UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari mocked the opposition delegation as “adolescents” who thought they were appearing on a TV talent show such as “Arab Idol” or “The Voice”: “They are tools, they are mercenaries in the hands of their lords, their operators, and it seems they have not received instructions from them, except instructions to continue supporting terrorism and to create havoc in these rounds.”

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura insisted both sides were keen to return for further talks even if he was “not seeing this immediately developing into a peace agreement”.The indirect talks resumed in late January in the Kazakhstan capital Astana and Geneva, but five sets had yielded no progress with de Mistura still to produce an agenda agreed by both sides. The opposition-rebel bloc stayed away from discussions in Astana in mid-March, calling for a substantive ceasefire before resuming participation. However, the Assad regime and Russia — despite being one of the powers declaring a nominal truce on December 30 — have continued bombing, while pro-Assad and rebel forces battle throughout Syria. The UN envoy maintained on Friday, “There are real challenges on the ground, we are seeing them in front of our eyes. But let’s be frank, no one walked out in spite of them.” www.mesop.de