Syria Rebels Boycott Peace Talks in Russia’s Sochi

Syria’s opposition announced its delegation would not participate in Russian peace talks in Sochi resort.

“Russia has not succeeded in promoting its conference,” the opposition Syrian Negotiations Commission said on its Twitter account. “The SNC has decided not to participate at Sochi after marathon negotiations with the UN and representatives of countries involved in Syria.”

Current decision is to affect badly the peace process in Syria as all the sides involved in the conflict have to work together to establish and maintain peace in the country. Such decision of the rebels’ delegation undermines all the international efforts and rises questions on the SNC will to stabilize the situation.

At the same time, this boycott demonstrates the lack of political will of the UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura as he failed to encourage the anti-government side to participate actively in peace process.

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