The second round of talks between the delegations of the Syrian opposition and the government has been officially completed. It is expected that in the near future the UN special envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will hold a briefing to tell what has been achieved in the negotiations.
At the same time the period of the third round is not yet known. An obstacle on the path to the continuation of negotiations is the position of the opposition forces requiring changing the composition of the government delegation.
At the same time, the agenda of the third round of negotiations has been agreed. The parties agreed to discuss the establishment of a transitional governing body, issues of the fight against terrorism, the national dialogue and national institutes.
In turn, the government delegation believes that first of all the parties should reach an understanding on the counter-terrorism. The present round showed unconstructive mood of the opposition, they are willing to discuss the fight against terrorism only formally. Our delegation agreed with the agenda of the next round proposed by UN-Arab League envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. We are ready to discuss the Geneva communique item by item, all items, and we believe that first of all we need to reach an understanding on the counter-terrorism,” said Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari.
Despite the fact that the parties can not so far reach any agreement on key issues, the Geneva talks have already brought some success. The most significant outcome of the meeting was the decision to evacuate civilians from Homs, where fighting between the rebels and government troops have continued for over two years.