Syria criticises Vienna peace talks over 'terrorism fight'

2015-11-01 20:28
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Cairo - Syria on Sunday downplayed international talks held days ago in Vienna with the aim of ending the country's four-year war, saying they failed to stop support for "terrorists" - a reference to opposition forces.

"The Vienna communique had several important points, but it is surprising that it did not commit countries known for supporting terrorism to comply with the Security Council resolutions related to terrorism combat," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said.

"This is important if efforts for fighting terrorism become effective and talk on a ceasefire is useful."

Al-Moallem made the remarks at a meeting in Damascus with UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, according to Syria's official news agency SANA.

De Mistura briefed Al-Moallem on the Vienna talks.

Top diplomats of countries backing rivals in Syria's war met in Vienna on Friday and agreed to revive a UN-brokered peace process and establish a ceasefire in the country.

A major sticking point at the talks was the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 

His allies, Russia and Iran, have repeatedly rejected calls by the United States and Saudi Arabia that al-Assad must leave power in order for a peace deal to be secured.

The US and Gulf allies, including Saudis, support the rebels fighting to oust al-Assad.

Neither al-Assad nor the opposition was represented at the talks, attended by Iran for the first time.

An estimated 250 000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict, which started with peaceful pro-democracy protests in 2011.

More than half the country's pre-war population of 22.4 million people were internally displaced or forced to flee from the homeland.

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