Syria has said Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar are the reason that the Syrian peace talks which were to be held in Geneva have been suspended.
The Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, said that “the Saudis, Turks and Qataris” are the ones who should take responsibility for “this failure.” “They are the real handlers and masters of the Riyadh group,” he added.
Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy to Syria stated that “I have concluded frankly that after the first week of preparatory talks there is more work to be done, not only by us but by the stakeholders.” This was preceded by the announcement of the postponement of talks till February 25.
“I have been long enough at the UN to know that when you have a five-year war that has had so many difficult moments you have to be determined but also realistic.” de Mistura added.
Jaafari emphasizede that the opposition group is not committed to the talks. “Since its arrival … (the opposition High Negotiations Committee) refused to take part in any serious talks with the (UN) special envoy,” he said.