Syrian opposition negotiator quits

AMMAN – The chief peace negotiator of Syria’s mainstream opposition said on Sunday he was resigning over the failure of the UN-backed Geneva peace talks to bring a political settlement and to ease the plight of Syrians living in besieged rebel-held areas.

Mohammed Alloush, who is also the representative of the powerful Jaish al Islam rebel faction in the Saudi-based High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said in a statement sent to Reuters that the peace talks had also failed to secure the release of thousands of detainees or to push Syria towards a political transition without President Bashar al Assad.

The UN-backed parties have not set a date for the resumption of the peace talks after the HNC suspended their participation until the situation on the ground has radically changed.

Mr Alloush also said that without any of the opposition demands met, peace talks were a “waste of time”.

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