Geneva 2 peace conference unlikely to take place before August
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks on coordinating aid to opposition forces in Syria (AFP)
The United States on Tuesday refused to set a timeline for 'Geneva 2' and all but ruled the international peace conference taking place until August at the earliest, AFP reported.
“We want to have this as soon as possible, we’ve been clear about that,” US State Department spokesperson Patrick Ventrell said. “Clearly, the situation on the ground, clearly, the regime’s continued avoidance of this real discussion, are serious impediments.”
“I’m just not going to put a timeline on it, but we think that it’s an important process, and we’ll continue to pursue it.”
The United Nations peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Briahimi expressed similar notions at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday.
“Frankly, I doubt that the conference will take place in July,” he told reporters in Geneva ahead of a second meeting with U.S. and Russian diplomats.
Brahimi also stressed the importance of the peace conference taking place as a means to find a political solution to the 27 month-old conflict.