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Switzerland: Syria peace talk results 'do not bring much optimism' - Borodavkin03:20

Switzerland: Syria peace talk results 'do not bring much optimism' - Borodavkin

Switzerland, Geneva
December 15, 2017 at 19:41 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva Alexei Borodavkin said the results of the latest round of UN-mediated Syria peace talks "do not bring much optimism" due to certain demands made by the opposition delegation, speaking in Geneva on Friday.

"I must say it straight that its results do not bring much optimism," said Borodovkin. "Not everything depends on the UN and the main responsibility for what is happening during the negotiations of course lies with the parties."

"So, what it is all about, mainly, [is] about the opposition delegation arriving at these negotiations with a position which cannot be called a position for negotiations. In the basis of their mindset is the requirement of the immediate resignation of President Bashar al-Assad," he said.

"As we understand, if the leaders of the opposition delegation claim they have come to Geneva, as I already said, to discuss the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, than probably the delegation of the Syrian government cannot agree on direct talks with such an agenda," he added.

Switzerland: Syria peace talk results 'do not bring much optimism' - Borodavkin03:20
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Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva Alexei Borodavkin said the results of the latest round of UN-mediated Syria peace talks "do not bring much optimism" due to certain demands made by the opposition delegation, speaking in Geneva on Friday.

"I must say it straight that its results do not bring much optimism," said Borodovkin. "Not everything depends on the UN and the main responsibility for what is happening during the negotiations of course lies with the parties."

"So, what it is all about, mainly, [is] about the opposition delegation arriving at these negotiations with a position which cannot be called a position for negotiations. In the basis of their mindset is the requirement of the immediate resignation of President Bashar al-Assad," he said.

"As we understand, if the leaders of the opposition delegation claim they have come to Geneva, as I already said, to discuss the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, than probably the delegation of the Syrian government cannot agree on direct talks with such an agenda," he added.

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