"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Jaafari: Opposition holding Geneva talks 'hostage'- Al-Jazeera

Government delegation accuses opposition of holding talks 'hostage' as they disagree over discussion on 'terrorism'.


Geneva, Switzerland - The Syrian government delegation has accused the main opposition group at UN-led negotiations of holding the talks "hostage" in their final hours, adding that it would hold the opposition responsible for any failure.

After a week of indirect talks, little progress has been made in getting the two sides to the negotiating table.

And as a ceasefire on the ground in Syria steadily crumbles, it remains unclear whether the rivals will be able to agree even on the basic format of negotiations before this round of talks comes to a close.

"We must not permit the Riyadh platform to hold Geneva talks hostage," lead government negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari told reporters, referring to the opposition, after meeting with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura.