United Nations envoy indicates Syria peace talks may be delayed
Written by Taiwo Adediran on January 21, 2016
The United Nations Special envoy, Staffan de Mistura has said that internationally brokered talks between Syria’s government and opposition groups due to start on the twenty-fifth of this month may be delayed, but added that major powers must keep up the pressure to bring participants to the table.
The U.N. Envoy said this in an interview with journalist after U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov held talks in Zurich despite no sign of agreement on who should represent the opposition.
Meanwhile, a Syrian opposition committee has named an Islamist rebel as its chief negotiator at the peace talks. Mohammed Alloush is the political leader of the powerful, Saudi-backed group Jaysh al-Islam, translated Army of Islam.
Both the Syrian government and its staunch ally, Russia, consider Jaysh al-Islam a terrorist organization. The opposition committee also warned that it would pull out of the talks if a third party was invited to attend.