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Syrian walkout from talks 'an embarrassment to Russia': opposition

Syrian walkout from talks 'an embarrassment to Russia': opposition
From Reuters - December 4, 2017

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian governments decision to quit peace talks last week was an embarrassment to its main supporter Russia, which wants both sides to reach a deal quickly, opposition spokesman Yahya al-Aridi said on Monday.

The delegation left the U.N.-backed talks in Geneva on Friday, blaming the oppositions demands that President Basharal-Assad should play no role in any interim post-war government.

I dont think that those who support the regime are happy with such a position being taken by the regime. This is an embarrassment to Russia, Aridi said at the hotel where the opposition delegation is staying in Geneva.

We understand the Russian position now. They are... in a hurry to find a solution.

There was no immediate comment from Russian officials at the talks on the withdrawal of the government delegation.

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