The lead negotiator in the Syrian opposition says it is coming under pressure from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to attend upcoming peace talks despite the opposition’s stand that it will not attend negotiations until certain humanitarian conditions are met. Diane Hodges reports.
Syrian opposition says Kerry applies pressure over peace talks
More fighting roils Syria on Sunday, as the Syrian government prepares to begin peace talks with opposition groups in Geneva this week.
Videos posted online purport to show pitched clashes between government troops and Islamic State fighters in the province of Aleppo.
Other videos appear to show residents and aid workers pulling a man from under the rubble of buildings destroyed by shelling.
The fighting comes as the Syrian government is scheduled to begin peace talks with with the opposition’s High Negotiation Committee on Monday although the exact timing is now in doubt.
The committee has said it would not attend negotiations until the government halts bombardments, lifts blockades, and releases detainees – steps mentioned in a United Nations Security Council resolution passed last month.
The lead negotiator for the committee says it’s coming under pressure from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to attend the talks.
However, one Western diplomat says it is unlikely that the talks will begin before Wednesday, as the fighting-and its destruction-continues.