The talk between Syria and its rebel factions did not go very well and both the parties were giving cold glances and tension was evident in the room. The hour long session did not end with prominent decisions being made. This was the first time the parties had a face to face meeting in an attempt to end the 6 year old civil war in Syria that had already killed thousands of people. The cold war is between the rebel delegation and the government. First the rebel forces were hesitant to have the meeting. But finally when they agreed to join the talk things did not go as planned, as both the parties started with accusations against each other.

The Syrian U.N. envoy Bashar Ja’afari said that the the opposition represented the terrorist group and called the address delivered by the rebel delegation Chief as “insolent” and “provocative”. In turn the head of the rebel delegation Mohammad Alloush said that the President of Syria Bashar Assad and his government is a terrorist entity and that the groups working with them like Lebanese Hezbollah should be listed among the other global terrorists of the world. He added that these foreign ties of the Assad government is only contributing to bloodshed in the country.

Rebel delegation ready for peace talks but only with Assad stepping down.

The talk was mediated by U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura who also mediated the talk between U.S. and Russia in Geneva that did not result with an outcome. The talk between Syria and the rebel delegation was concluded as of Monday and will commence again on Tuesday, January 24th. Russia as emerged as a a manpower broker with U.S. being the observer. The State Department said that the United States was not able to get involved as it wished to because of the immediate demands required during the transition of power in their nation. United States and Russia have also tried to bring down their cold relationship down a notch with talks and negotiations. But this all proved to have no effect.

But the newly sworn in President Trump is ready to work with Russia or anyone to fight and wipe away the ISIS. The Syrian faction is divided in almost everything. They have blames one another for the cease-fire violations and whether the same should be applied to the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front who is fighting alongside the rebel forces. Russia and Iran has given their support to Assad and Turkey. They both brought the Syrian factions to the table to initiate the talk. Turkey’s president having troubles at home strengthened his ties with Moscow. With the recent defeat in the city of Aleppo, Russia military power and Iran’s military with Shiite men pushed down the opposition. The Aleppo attack killed many residents.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The civil war started between the Syrian factions after an Arab spring-inspired uprising went against Assad’s four decade family rule. The opposition took to attacking with weapons and other firearms and the war killed more than 400,000 people since March 2011. Assad was asked to step down from his presidency to have any peaceful negotiations, but this was not in their hands. Russian Defense Ministry stated on Sunday thatchy had received IS targets in parts of al-Bab from the U.S. side. But the United states has denied these statements and said that the U.S. has deconfliction talk with Russia regarding Syria.


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