Syria’s regime threatened to quit peace talks in Geneva on Friday as UN-backed efforts to bring the country’s warring sides together stumbled on their first day.
Syrian state television said Foreign Minister Walid Muallem had told UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi that “should serious sessions fail to take place tomorrow, the official Syrian delegation will leave Geneva.”
Muallem told Brahimi “the Syrian delegation is serious and ready to start, but the other side is not,” it said.
Pulled together by the United Nations, Russia and the United States, delegations from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the opposition had been due to sit down Friday morning at UN headquarters in Geneva.
Brahimi spent Thursday trying to convince them to be in the same room for the start of the talks