Syrian opposition figure: Nothing good will come out of Geneva 2
Source says UN may impose cease-fire, but in the meantime fighting and killing are likely to increase.
All the parties involved in the international conference in Geneva to find a political solution to the Syrian civil war know that nothing positive will come of it, a senior Syrian opposition figure told Haaretz this week.
He said Tuesday he expects the fighting and killing to increase in the near future as each side tries to chalk up more achievements.
The source said the United Nations may end up imposing a cease-fire and a political solution, but that he doesn't think it's possible both sides will reach an agreement.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN joint special representative for Syria, stopped the talks at the end of the morning session Tuesday because of deep rifts.
Assad’s representatives attacked the opposition over reports on a closed-door decision by the U.S. Congress to support the opposition and hand over weapons to armed groups not affiliated with Al-Qaida. Brahimi said he had not officially received any information about this.
“The United States and all the countries we are meeting with want to end the war and bring about the success of the conference,” he reportedly said.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad accused the opposition and the United States of attempting to cause the talks to fail.
“The side that provides arms to the opposition is not interested in success," he was quoted as saying. "Giving military aid to the opposition grossly contravenes ‘Geneva 1’ whose first clause expresses opposition to the arming of either side.”
Brahimi said the talks have not been easy over the past few days and would not be easy in the coming ones. Despite the disagreements, the parties have agreed to continue talking until Friday, when the Geneva 2 conference is scheduled to end.
The main bone of contention is the Syrian opposition’s demand to discuss a transition period, in accordance with previous talks. The government opposes the idea.
When the conference ends, the parties are expected to set a time for their next meeting, the senior opposition figure said. He said the opposition representatives, including those that boycotted the Geneva talks, will meet in the near future in Cairo or Istanbul in an attempt to reach a consensus on the issues discussed in the talks.
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