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Syria peace talks break off, no new date set

Geneva, Feb 16 (): UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said the second round of Syria peace talks ended on Saturday with no progress toward a negotiated political settlement to the conflict.

Brahimi apologised to the Syrian people for the lack of progress in the second round of talks in the Syria peace talks and no date was set for a third round of talks.

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain few days back said that after three weeks of talks, they were moving further and further away from a peaceful political solution. Further on Saturday he suggested that efforts to end Syria’s roughly 3-year-long civil war are on the brink of failure and the crisis is worsening, following a second round of stalled talks.

The first round of Geneva II negotiations between the delegations of Syrian government and the opposition was mediated by Brahimi, but the talks were suspended 10 days ago without any concrete results achieved. The second round restarted here on Monday morning and was originally expected to end Friday. But, the second round of Syria peace talks extended into the sixth day on Saturday, an U.N. official said on Friday.

With the deadlock, the United Nations has held trilateral talks with representatives from the United States and Russia in an effort to kick-start negotiations. Brahimi said he hoped U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would meet soon to find a way to proceed.

The current negotiations jammed in setting the outline of discussions, witnessing the two sides not moving an inch from their points.

The government side maintained to take steps to stopping terrorism and violence as top priority, while the opposition motivated on the establishment of an interim governing body with full executives and without the presence of President Bashar al-Assad.

Representatives of both the sides confessed this afternoon that this round of Geneva II conference failed to reach any progress and traded blames for the backup.