Four days of faltering Syrian peace talks broke up in Geneva on Friday evening with the UN’s special envoy on Syria admitting there had only been “incremental progress”، with no detailed discussions held on the main agenda items. Staffan de Mistura said he hoped talks would recommence in June، but set no specific date.
The atmosphere at the already difficult talks were soured when the Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja’afari describied a US military strike in Syria on Thursday as “government terrorism” that had caused a massacre.
US jets attack Iran-backed militiamen in south-eastern Syria
Russia called the strike an unacceptable breach of Syrian sovereignty and the Syrian delegation raised the matter with De Mistura in Geneva، but he refused to comment at a press conference، saying it would serve no purpose in his efforts to keep the peace talks going.
US officials said its military carried out the airstrike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to US forces and US-backed Syrian fighters in the country’s south.