UN Chief blames Syria bombings for undermined peace talks

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blames increased bombings for delayed peace talks, urges for return to table

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016

Syrian peace talks have been undermined by the sudden increase of aerial bombing and military activities within Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday in London and urged for a return to negotiations again.

"It is deeply disturbing that the initial steps of the talks have been undermined by the continuous lack of sufficient humanitarian access and by a sudden increase of aerial bombing and military activities within Syria,” he said.

He said that parties should use the coming days to get back to the negotiating table rather than to secure further battlefield gains on Syria’s future.

The peace talks in Geneva were suspended late on Wednesday until February 25th.

However, the talks could not make a complete start on Jan. 29 because of the continuous Russian bombardment of civilians and opposition forces which have been strongly protested by the Syrian opposition delegation which was represented by the newly established High Negotiations Committee (HNC). 

Eventually, the talks have been held as of Sunday with the participation of some HNC members who have indicated that as long as Syrian regime aggression backed by Russian air strikes continue, the talks would not be much meaningful.

Moon commented on the delay of peace talks saying that focus has shifted from the people of Syria amid procedural matters.

“The situation is not sustainable. We can not go on like this. There is no military solution. Only political dialogued will rescue the Syrian people from the intolerable sufferings,” he said.

The delay of the Geneva peace talks was also criticised by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Why do you come together? You have gathered [in Geneva] in order to delay the talks and distract the world’s attention? The world is expecting [a concrete] result from you. Why have you gathered in Geneva?” Erdogan said in regards to the UN during his Peru visit on Wednesday.

TRTWorld and agencies