Syria peace talks face total deadlock as death toll soars
GENEVA (AFP) - Syria's faltering peace process ground to total deadlock on Friday amid growing concern of complete collapse despite international pressure, as the death toll on the ground continued to soar.
On the penultimate day of the current round of UN-brokered peace talks, Syria's warring sides appeared further apart than ever, agreeing on only one thing: that the negotiations so far were going nowhere.
"We deeply regret that this round did not make any progress," said Syria's deputy foreign minister, Faisal Muqdad, after meeting UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi.
Separately, opposition spokesman Louay Safi complained about the regime's failure to budge, acknowledging that "the negotiations have reached an impasse." As the parties in Geneva failed to agree even on an agenda for their talks, the death toll inside Syria continued to climb.