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    Jounalists attend a breifing at the United Nations Offices on the opening day of Syrian peace talks in Geneva

    Peace Talks: Saudi Arabia ‘Turning UN Negotiations on Syria Into Farce'

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    An opposition group founded by Saudi Arabia last month is turning the Geneva negotiations into a farce, putting the UN under pressure and refusing to talk to the Syrian government, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) wrote.

    According to the newspaper, the group was formed in December and consists of Islamist fighters who want to overthrow Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad.

    The opposition platform is called the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and is referred to in the media as "the most important opposition alliance."

    However, according to DWN, the group seems to be contributing to the destabilization of the situation, rather than to its resolution.

    "The group sees its main task in disrupting the peace conference mediated by the UN," the newspaper wrote.

    The Syrian talks started on Friday with a meeting between UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura and the delegation of the Syrian government.

    The HNC delegation attended the negotiations only after a long hesitation, previously claiming that the UN should put an end to the "crimes" of the Syrian government as a condition for their participation.

    Shortly after their arrival in Geneva on Saturday, the delegation threatened again that it would not participate in the negotiations until their conditions are met.

    "In fact, the envoys of the Saudis seek to create unrest at the negotiation table after Russia‘s military success [in Syria]," DWN wrote.

    In September 2015, Russia launched an aerial operation against the terrorists' positions in Syria at the request of President Bashar Assad. As a result of the operation, many terrorists have been eliminated and their infrastructure destroyed.


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      Then kick Saudi Arabia out of the negotiations. Easy peasy
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      The sooner, the more, the better that Saudi Barbaria makes a farce of these "peace" talks driving the point home that there is no such thing as a moderate opposition, especially one made up of Saudi's Takfiri Dogs of War foreign mercenaries.
    • Andreas Koppa
      That's the result of accepting Trojan Horses in the conversations.
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      Surprise surprise and of course the idiots will run rings around the UN. Why?
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      anne00mariein reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, I wonder, if knowing the patience of Russia, they are giving them free rein to show how stupid they are. When the time is right and they have more than damaged their cause, then Russia and Syria will step in. If they throw them out now, can you imagine the reaction from the US. EU, NATO nations and their media?
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      Their protestations will quickly make them unwanted and they'll be sent packing.
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      NO! Don't even think of going there! I know what you are thinking already! You are thinking, "Why not destroy this group, too, Mr, Putin?" I can assure you that both Putin and I agree on the answer: "Why waste a 'Smart' bomb? You can't fix stupid!"
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      marcanhaltin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, I am curious, would the rings be going in the same direction as the uselessness of the UN, or counter clockwise from each other? The image is just dizzying for me to conclude the results.
    • siberianhusky
      Russia and Syria should just walk out. And tell them that they don't deal with spoiled little children
    • siberianhuskyin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)

      Because the Americans haven't got the balls to reign in the Wahhabi head choppers.
    • Huh?in reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, was the opposition platform called the HNIC...just asking. Might fit with the us version....just saying.
    • Huh?in reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
      Andreas Koppa, would have been better to accept a Trojan condom...at least then you have some protection.
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      Why the hell is a terrorist state here?
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      This is exactly why I am in favour to have everyone present. Include al Nusra and ISIS into the peace talks please!

      Only during these talks once they all turn out to be non-cooperative UN officials will need to report to UNSC the failure of the peace talks and the Assad government will suddenly look like the only option. KSA unknowingly is openly compromising their position at these talks. It will be too late for them once they realise the error.
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      It would seem that the house of Saudi is the main problem in the region. Maybe what is needed is to cut the head off the snake! Maybe Russia and it's partners need to turn their attention to decapitating the Saudi family with military force. This would solve 80% of the problems in the ME. It would also eliminate a dangerous US ally in the region. I am sure Iran would have no problem in participating in this endeavor. It would be very politically difficult for the United States to defend the actions and human rights record of Saudi Arabia in order for the US to defend such a regime.
    • Mother Gorilla
      Basically, Syria+Russia vs. West+ISIS, or camouflaged ISIS.
    • head chopping artificial state called Saudi Arabia, got mandate to make circus out of those negotiations.
    • Mother Gorillain reply toMikhas (Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, it's the US which act through them.
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      they can leave the negeotiation anytime , everyknows they support terrorism
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      Russia and Syria won the war. So how can these snakes in the garden that has caused the war and supported and funded the terrorists have anything to say in this Peace talks.

      Kick criminal Turkey and the Saudis, Quatar, and US out of any influence on these Peace talks.
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