Delegates from the Syrian regime and the country’s main opposition bloc in Geneva have accused each other of not being serious in creating conditions for meaningful peace talks.
The United Nations’ plans to hold negotiations on ending the Syrian war was dealt a new blow on Sunday, as opposition and government delegations traded charges against each other.
The main opposition bloc met with the UN Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura in a hotel in Geneva, not at the UN headquarters in the Swiss city.
Salem al-Meslet, spokesman for the opposition’s High National Committee (HNC), told reporters on Sunday that the bloc would not join the talks before the implementation of their humanitarian demands.
“We wish to see food reaching people who are starving to death, to the women and children. we want women released from regime prisons and the criminal bombardment from Russia to end,” Meslet said.