Syrian Opposition Says No Common Ground With Government Proposals In Talks

Members of the delegation of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) Mohamed Alloush Asaad Al-Zoubi (C) and George Sabra wait prior to a meeting with U.N. mediator during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, on March 17, 2016.

The Syrian opposition said on Tuesday there was no common ground with the government after more than a week of peace talks, accusing Damascus of renewing sieges and stepping up barrel bombings on civilians.

“We are not finding any common ground in the paper submitted by the government to U.N. special envoy (Staffan de Mistura),” said Asaad al-Zoubi (pictured above), head of the main opposition council’s delegation.

He said the government had increased the number of sieges from 12 to 25 and stepped up a barrel bombing campaign over recent days.