Syrian Talks Failure Due to US, Russia Basic Differences: Analyst

Syrian Talks Failure Due to US, Russia Basic Differences: Analyst
Sun Oct 16, 2016 15:01:14

The latest round of talks aimed at putting an end to the crisis in Syria which was held in the Swiss city of Lausanne failed due to “irreconcilable” differences between the United States and Russia over the conflict.

“The US government wants to replace, overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad of Syria and the Russian government wants to defend the government of Syria that is in place. And because those differences are so basic to the conflict, it is very hard to reach any agreement on subsidiary issues and as long as that basic difference exists, there is going to be lack of progress in these talks,” said director of Institute for Historical Review Mark Weber.

The four-hour talks on Saturday were convened by US Secretary of State John Kerry with the participation of foreign ministers from Russia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan, and Egypt as well as UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

The meeting came to an end without even the release of a joint statement by its participants. 

Weber further noted that the US government’s position is not only irreconcilable with international law, but is also “schizophrenic.”

He went on to say that Washington claims to be opposed to the Daesh Takfiri terrorists and it is supposedly in favor of a government that represents the will of the Syrian people, but it has no viable or reasonable alternative for the government of President Bashar al-Assad, which has the largest amount of popular support, Press TV reported.


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