Geneva-II second round concludes without results

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Bashar al-Jafari, the permanent representative of Syria to the UN, speaks to media in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 15, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

On the other hand, Louay al-Safi, spokesman of the opposition delegation, said that there were no "positive" results of the talks that concluded Saturday.

He accused the other side of having "focused on one track" and "tried to divert us from the main issues."

After the first round of Geneva II negotiations between the delegations of Syrian government and the opposition mediated by Brahimi adjourned some ten days ago without achieving concrete results, the second round started here on Monday morning.

But the two rounds of Syria peaceful talks have not seen rift healed.

The government side insisted on taking the stopping of violence and terrorism as a top priority, while the opposition focused on establishing a transitional governing body with full executive authority and without the presence of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

On Thursday, Brahimi, Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov and U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman held a two-hour long trilateral meeting in an effort to push forward the stalled Syrian peace talks.

The two initiating countries for Geneva II conference promised to "unblock the situation" and revivify the peaceful process, said Brahimi on Thursday.

But to date no progress has been witnessed, and the two sides hurled reproaches at each other over the gridlock.

The first round of the UN-backed Geneva II international conference started with a ministerial meeting chaired by Ban Ki-moon on the first day, which was then followed by the face-to-face negotiations between delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition mediated by Brahimi.

It was the first time in three years that representatives from the two warring sides met with each other.

The two sides agreed to hold negotiations under the framework of the Geneva Communique, adopted in 2012, but they were still far apart in their approach to talks.

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