Thursday, Jul 24, 2014Thursday, Jul 24, 2014
News
 

Syria blames US, Israel for talks deadlock

Published on Feb 15, 2014 10:59 PM
 
Bashar Jaafari (right) Syrian government's ambassador to the United Nations, leaves after his address to the media after a meeting at the Geneva Conference on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, on Saturday, Feb 15, 2014. Syria's regime on Saturday accused Israel and the United States for undermining UN-brokered peace talks and blamed the opposition's refusal to settle the issue of "terrorism" for the deadlock. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - Syria's regime on Saturday accused Israel and the United States for undermining UN-brokered peace talks and blamed the opposition's refusal to settle the issue of "terrorism" for the deadlock.

"Everybody is trying his best to undermine the whole process, either Israel or unfortunately the Americans, or even the sponsors of the so-called coalition and the opposition," Syria's top negotiator Bashar Jaafari told reporters after a second round of talks wrapped up fruitlessly.

Mr Jaafari, who is also Syria's ambassador to the United Nations headquarters in New York, pointed to President Barack Obama's pledge Friday to take unspecified "intermediate steps" to pressure the regime.

He also accused Washington of pushing the Syrian rebels to "escalate militarily" notably by stepping up fighting on the country's southern border with Jordan.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here