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Arab League chief deplores Geneva conference's failure

Al-Arabi expressed hope that the second round of negotiations between the government and the opposition would lead at least to a partial ceasefire

03.02.2014
Arab League chief deplores Geneva conference's failure

CAIRO

Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil al-Arabi expressed sorrow on Monday on the failure of the Syrian government and the opposition to reach a common ground, during the first round of the Geneva II talks last month.

"The conference has not achieved any results on the ground," al-Arabi said in a press conference at the downtown Cairo headquarters of the pan-Arab body.

"The Syrian people have not felt any tangible change after the conference," he added.

He expressed hope that the second round of negotiations between the government and the opposition would lead at least to a partial ceasefire and the entry of humanitarian aid in the violence-wracked areas.

Al-Arabi said the Syrian opposition did not budge one iota in the meeting from its demand to form a transitional government, adding that a rise in violence across Syria exacerbates the crisis of the Syrian refugees.

"The Arab League has been addressing the United Nations and the UN Security Council to seek a ceasefire between the two sides for two years now," al-Arabi said.

Geneva II, aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in violence-wracked Syria, started in Switzerland on January 22, but it wrapped up last Friday with no deal reached.

Syria has been in the throes of conflict since 2011 when a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad escalated into civil war following a violent government crackdown.

According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict to date.

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