Syria opposition: peace talks have "reached an impasse"

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Louay Safi

The second round of the UN-sponsored peace talks for Syria in Geneva has reached an impasse, according to a member of the opposition.

Louay Safi, Spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, made the announcement on Friday on day four of the talks.

More than 100,000 people have been killed and millions have fled their homes during the three-year civil war.

Mr. Safi said his delegation had pushed for the creation of the transitional governing body (TGB), as stipulated in the 2012 Geneva communiqué.

The Geneva communiqué, the foundation of the talks, is an action plan calling for a transitional government to lead free and fair elections.

"This one will have a wide political foundation and reference. And will start with the implementation of the various Geneva communiqué items: the cease-fire, the release of prisoners, the allowing of access, the allowing of the various civil society to move between the various cities and then transitional justice. All that we need to put an end to violence in Syria."

Mr. Safi says the Government delegation has not given a "positive response" to their proposal.

He called on Russia not to utilize its "veto powers" to block any future resolution that would allow for humanitarian aid in the besieged areas.

Russia, one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, a global body responsible for maintaining peace and security, wields the power to block any UN resolution or action.

No date has been set for a third round of Syria peace talks, the opposition delegate added.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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