Syria peace talks vital, says advocacy group chief

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (2nd L) as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) walks past prior to the Geneva-2 peace talks in Montreux Jan. 22, 2014. (Reuters)

All groups at the Syria peace talks in Geneva have a responsibility to Syrians to end the country’s crisis, Chris Doyle, director of the UK-based advocacy group Council for Arab British Understanding (CAABU) said on Wednesday.

“All the grandstanding, the blame games, the accusations will not save one Syrian, will not bring one back home and will feed one starving child,” said Doyle, according to a press release from the group.

In the 18 months between the original Geneva communiqué, and the current Geneva II peace talks that began this week, the death toll in conflict-ridden Syria has risen from 15,000 to 130,000, said Doyle.

The international community - especially the United States and Russia - has a crucial role to play ending the conflict, he added.

“They seem to be working closer together than before, as opposed to being on opposite sides of the conflict.”

The Geneva II peace talks, which are taking place in Montreux in Switzerland, mark the first time that the Syrian regime and the opposition will meet since the beginning of the civil war in 2011, which has killed more than 130,000 and left millions displaced.


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