U.N. to assess if either side trying to 'sabotage' Syria talks


GENEVA (Reuters) – The mediator of U.N.-led Syria talks in Geneva plans to assess next week whether either side is trying to sabotage the talks, he told reporters on Thursday, after President Bashar al-Assad’s negotiators announced they would turn up five days late.

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends a news conference after meetings during the Intra Syria talks in Geneva, Switzerland November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

“If, God forbid, because it would be very bad news, we draw the conclusion that one of the two sides is actually…de facto sabotaging the progress and the process of Geneva, that would have a very bad impact on any other political attempt to have processes elsewhere,” Staffan de Mistura said.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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