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Who is hindering peace in Syria?

United Nations (UN) special envoy Staffan de Mistura (2nd L) sits facing Syria's Western-backed opposition group during peace talks at the UN Offices in Geneva on February 1, 2016. ©AFP

Syria says Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are to blame for the suspension of peace talks in Switzerland. The UN special envoy to Syria announced the postponement until February 25.

Earlier, Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari said that “the Saudis, Turks and Qataris” are the ones who should take responsibility for “this failure.”

“They are the real handlers and masters of the Riyadh group,” he added.

After the UN announced the three-week gap in the talks, the main Syrian opposition group, the so-called High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said that it would not be returning to the negotiating table until its humanitarian demands are met.

Riad Hijab, the head of the HNC, said at a press gathering that the group “will leave Geneva tomorrow and will not return until the humanitarian demands are met or (we) see something on the ground.”

In response to Hijab’s remarks, Ja’afari reiterated his stance that the opposition group is not committed to the talks.

“Since its arrival the HNC refused to take part in any serious talks with the (UN) special envoy,” he said.

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