Kerry hails Syrian opposition, says government “obstructed and filibustered” Geneva II
Sunday, February 16, 2014
WASHINGTON - Following the conclusion of the second round of Syria peace talks in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry criticized the Syrian government’s intransigence while hailing the opposition’s open stance on discussions.
“It was an example to all the world that while the regime obstructed and filibustered, the opposition demonstrated a courageous and mature seriousness of purpose and willingness to discuss all aspects of the conflict,” said America’s top diplomat in a statement released Sunday.
“They [the opposition] put forward a viable and well-reasoned roadmap for the creation of a transitional governing body and a viable path by which to move the negotiations forward.”
The peace talks concluded Saturday without tangible results after UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi ended direct talks between the parties after less than half an hour of dialogue. Kerry said that the break should be used to further explore how to achieve a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
“There's no recess in the suffering of the Syrian people, and the parties and the international community must use the recess in the Geneva talks to determine how best to use this time and its resumption to find a political solution to this horrific civil war,” he said.
No date has been set for a third round of talks.
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