Assad Hopeful About Upcoming Russian-Sponsored Talks on Syria

(Worthy News) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed regret for the stalemate of U.N.-brokered intra-Syrian talks in Geneva last week but says he expects better results during the Russian-sponsored Sochi peace process to be held in February.

“Those with whom we are negotiating in Geneva – the Syrian opposition – do not represent the Syrian people. And after three years of negotiations, the Geneva talks did not achieve anything,” Assad told reporters in Damascus Monday morning, without ruling out a future role of the United Nations in the Syria peace process.

The intra-Syrian peace talks went through an eighth round in Geneva recently with little apparent progress — prompting discussions this week in New York between U.N. envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the U.N. Security Council (UNSC). [ Source: VOA (Read More…) ]