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Syrian opposition warns won't return for talks if no progress

Published on Feb 11, 2014 6:52 AM
 
Louay Safi, spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, addresses the media after a meeting at the Geneva Conference on Syria, at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva on Feb 10, 2014. The Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva for a second round of peace talks warned on Monday it would not return for a third round if no progress is made.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - The Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva for a second round of peace talks warned on Monday it would not return for a third round if no progress is made.

"If there is no progress at all, I think it would be a waste of time to think about a third round," opposition spokesman Louay Safi told reporters late on Monday.

He said the delegation had raised the issue with UN Arab League mediator Lahkdar Brahimi on Monday morning, as the second round of talks began.

As long as there is a glimmer of hope that the talks can move forward, "we're not going to run away. We're not going to call it quits," he said, adding though that if there is no progress "let us not pretend we are doing something." In that case, it would be "more honest to say we have failed," he said - although he acknowledged the only alternative was to continue fighting the civil war that has already claimed more than 136,000 lives and forced millions from their homes.

 
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