Syria’s warring sides trade insults after latest Geneva talks

Syrian chief negotiator and Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of Syria to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari adjustes his glasses during a press conference following a metting with UN Special Envoy for Syria during Syria peace talks in Geneva on March 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI

Negotiators from Syria’s government and opposition traded insults on Friday, calling each other “terrorists” and “adolescents” after an eight-day round of peace talks in Geneva.

The two sides do not meet directly but negotiate via U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura, saving their liveliest invective for the TV cameras after each meeting with him.

Opposition negotiator Nasr al-Hariri said the “terrorist regime” of President Bashar al-Assad had refused to discuss political transition during the talks and said Assad was a war criminal who must step down in the name of peace.

“They are solely discussing their empty rhetoric about countering terrorism,” Hariri told reporters, vowing there could be “no peace without justice.”

“War crimes and crimes against humanity must not be an option for negotiations. From now, venues must be found for transitional justice to ensure holding the perpetrators accountable,” he said.

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