Brahimi expects no substantive results from Syria talks

Geneva, Jan 30 (IANS) UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi Wednesday admitted that the gaps between the two parties were huge, and he did not expect to achieve substantive results from the ongoing Syria peaceful talks.

Brahimi told a press conference after meetings that the fifth day of joint meetings between delegations of Syria government and the opposition involved tentative discussions on transitional governing body, Xinhua reported.
Though the latest round of ongoing talks was expected to conclude Friday when they would discuss over the date to resume the next session, “most probably after about one week” but , Brahimi added that he did not expect “anything substantive” could be achieved from this first time.
“We talked about the transitional governing body, but of course it’s a very, very preliminary discussion.” he said. Both sides were willing to continue the talks, but the gap between the two sides were “quite large.”
Humanitarian issues, in particular about Homs, were also among the topics for today’s meeting, he said, adding the negotiations between the UN and the Syrian authorities were still going on.