Syria Daily: Geneva II — Opposition Leader “We Proved Regime’s Lack of Intent”

By Scott Lucas January 31, 2014 – As the Geneva II conference on Syria adjourns today without any significant achievement, Ahmed Jarba, the leader of the opposition delegation, has tried to claim a propaganda victory. Speaking to journalist Jenan Moussa, the head of the Syrian National Coalition has asserted that the “strategic and courageous” decision to attend the conference — which split the SNC and was opposed by insurgents — “enabled us to prove to the world that the regime does not recognize Geneva, or its clauses”:

Their lack of intent was exposed starting the very first day….

In the end, the regime has been forced to sit down, and sit with the Coalition, and hear the voice of the Syrian people. There has not been a lower point for the regime. We have justice on our side.

After Wednesday’s suspension of the indirect talk, yesterday’s resumption brought no news on either the political or humanitarian fronts. The opposition is insisting that discussion of a transitional governing authority must be based on President Assad’s departure. The regime delegation refuses and says the talks must focus on “terrorism”.

United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will adjourn the discussions on Friday. He acknowledged on Wednesday that there had been little advance, but said he hoped for progress with the renewal of talks next week.