Diplomat says Syria talks a “complete failure”

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A Western diplomat calls Syria peace talks a “complete failure” before they started Friday, after UN said it would press ahead despite opposition boycott. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Diplomat says Syria talks a “complete failure”

Demonstrators outside the UN in Geneva.

They want to deliver a message — serving what they symbolize Syrians in besieged areas eat. The menus includes grass soup and spicy leaf soup.

Despite an opposition boycott to the talks, a government delegation arrives.

A Western diplomat has already declared the first Syria peace talks in two years were a “complete failure” before they even started — after the UN announced it would press ahead with them despite the boycott.

While the talks are expected to go ahead, UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi offers few details.


“All I can say about the talks is that they will start as planned, as Staffan de Mistura announced, I don’t have a time. I don’t have the exact location, and I can’t tell you anything about the delegations.”

Since the last talks collapsed in 2014, Islamic State fighters have surged across Syria and Iraq declaring a “caliphate.” The U.S. and its European and Arab allies launched air strikes against them with Russia joining the fight last year with a separate air campaign to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

And still no signs of peace. Five years of war has killed more than 250,000 people, with some 10 million driven from their homes — as the latest efforts to find peace appear to expose ongoing divisions.

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