UN Chief: Geneva talks best way to end Syria war

UN Chief: Geneva talks best way to end Syria war
Wed Feb 19, 2014 16:08:56

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for more talks as the best way to end the crisis in Syria.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement issued on Tuesday that Ban has called for the continuation of the talks between representatives from the Syria government and oppositions.

"The secretary general remains convinced that Geneva II is the way to go, and he is looking at the parties to think long and hard and to come back as soon as possible so that this process can continue," Nesirky said.

The second round of talks between the delegations representing the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition in the Swiss city of Geneva deadlocked on February 15 with both sides sticking to their positions.

"This is a process, not a single event taking place in one or two meetings... this is going to take a long time," the statement added.

The Syrian delegation said fighting terrorism should be the top priority while the so-called opposition insisted that the formation of a transitional government and resignation of President Bashar al-Assad must come first.

Damascus strongly rejects the demand, saying only the Syrian people can decide the issue.

The latest talks came 10 days after the first round of negotiations ended without any positive results.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence.


string(1085) "[{"id":"1566665","sort":"3169096","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/02/17/alalam_635282573837206441_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Syria army retakes Alawite massacre village: SANA"} ,{"id":"1566709","sort":"3169097","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/02/17/alalam_635282648379060305_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Kerry arrives in Abu Dhabi for Syria, Mideast talks"} ,{"id":"1566710","sort":"3169098","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/02/17/alalam_635282645112192900_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Syria army, militants agree to call local truce in Damascus area"} ,{"id":"1566898","sort":"3169099","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/02/18/alalam_635283161343152059_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Saudi-Qatari rivalry deepens divisions in Syria opposition"} ,{"id":"1567195","sort":"3169100","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/02/19/alalam_635283928971112772_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Syria army makes more advances against militants in Aleppo"} ,{"id":"1567279","sort":"3169101","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2014/02/19/alalam_635284040183730597_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"British women heading Syria for Jihad al-Nikah: Report"} ]"