Assad scuppered Syria talks

Orient Net - Agencies 2016-02-04 06:29:00

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The US and France have accused the Assad regime of undermining talks to end Syria’s war, which were suspended hours before donors were due to meet Thursday to raise aid for Syria, Iafrica.com reported.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius accused Damascus and Russia of "torpedoing the peace efforts" by launching an offensive near Aleppo, and said world powers would hold "in-depth consultations" on their actions at the conference.

The UN paused the fruitless peace negotiations on Wednesday as the Syrian government said it had cut a key supply route to Syria’s second city from the Turkish border with the help of Russian air strikes.

It is one of several regime offensives since Moscow began bombing in September, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday he saw no reason to stop until the "terrorists" are defeated, AFP reported.

Talks stalled before any progress had been made, with the opposition saying it would not return to Geneva until the regime agreed to end bombardments and allow aid into besieged cities.

UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura said discussions would resume on February 25, insisting this was "not the end or the failure of the talks" and calling on all players to work harder to make them a success.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Assad regime’s push to grab territory as negotiations were meant to be getting underway proved the regime was not serious about the talks.

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