Unsurprisingly, it Looks Like the Syria Peace Talks Will End With No Progress

Yesterday, United Nations-Arab League envoy

Lakhdar Brahimi
said, “Failure is always staring at us in the
face.” when asked whether the ongoing Syria peace talks had failed.

Voice of America
is reporting that the talks “are set to wrap
up Friday, with no progress on ending a three-year civil war.”

This should not be a surprise. A day after the talks
, Brahimi said that Syrian government and opposition
were not
making much progress. The talks not only include
representatives of the Syrian government and some of Assad’s
opposition, but also Russia (only of Assad’s strongest allies) as
welll as the U.S. and the U.K., who have backed the more moderate
elements among the rebel forces in Syria.

Opposition representatives are frustrated with the Syrian
government, which will not discuss plans for a transitional
government. VOA points out that it is unclear if a third round of
talks will take place.

The second round of talks took place amid rising violence in
Syria. According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human
230 people
have been killed a day in Syria since Jan. 22.

Even if it were the case that the Syrian government and
opposition representatives were to come to some sort of agreement
it is hard to see how easily such a deal could be implemented. Many
opposition groups are not represented at the talks, and
some threatened to
those who attended the negotiations before they

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