Syrian peace talks continue despite difficulties

Syrian Peace Talks in Geneva have not been easy

Six days into negotiations and still no breakthrough, Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi said. There were hints of a possible walkout, but discussions will continue until Friday, January 31, as planned, despite difficulties. The focal point of the Syrian Peace Talks is the full implementation of the Geneva Communiqué of 2012.

The Syrian delegation representing the government has made it clear that it strongly objects to the idea of U.S. aid to the opposition. Asking for a list of names, the Syrian government offered to allow women, children and men safe passage out of opposition-held areas. The opposition, on the other hand, says this is a trick to arrest and displace opposition supporters.

The Geneva Communiqué delineates the steps for a Syrian-led transition, the establishment of a transitional governing body with full executive powers, providing for the restoration of public services, and full observance of human rights. As negotiations continue to play out in Geneva, Switzerland, there is a humanitarian aid convoy at the ready to enter Homs, Syria, should the authorization be given, Mr. Brahimi told the press.


Photo: Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, speaks during a press conference at the Geneva II Conference on Syria. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré