U.S., France accuse Syria of disrupting peace talks

An overview of the room where U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura and the Syrian delegation lead by Syrian Ambassador to the U.N. Bashar al Jaafari opened the Syrian peace talks at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
An overview of the room where U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura and the Syrian delegation lead by Syrian Ambassador to the U.N. Bashar al Jaafari opened the Syrian peace talks at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

{Big News Network.com} – GENEVA, Switzerland – With the Syrian peace talks set to begin in Geneva on 14 March, U.S. and France have accused Syria of disrupting peace talks.

The talks are coinciding with the fifth anniversary of the start of the uprising that has killed over 250,000 people so far and has left half the population displaced, leaving the country devastated.

The United States and France have accused the Syrian government of trying to disrupt a new round of peace talks. The nations have further added that Russia and Iran would need to show the Syrian government was “living up to” what had been agreed.

The accusations followed a statement made by the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem claiming that his government would not discuss presidential elections at peace talks in Geneva.

He further refused to hold talks with any party wishing to discuss the question of the presidency.

French, British, German, Italian, U.S. and EU ministers addressed a news conference, where French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told the media, “It’s a provocation… a bad sign and doesn’t correspond to the spirit of the ceasefire.”

Further, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Moallem’s comments were a clear attempt to “disrupt the process.”

Kerry added that the Syrian government and its backers were mistaken if they thought they could continue to test the boundaries of a fragile truce.

Accusing Syria of carrying out the most violations of the truce, Kerry said Russian President Vladimir Putin needed to look at how the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, was acting. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.