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U.N. calls Syria talks a 'big missed opportunity', seeks new ideas

December 14, 2017 9:17 PM
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GENEVA (Reuters) - A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity but there may be more talks next month if ideas can be found to encourage President Bashar al-Assad’s government to engage, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said.

He said neither side had actually “sabotaged” the latest talks by refusing to attend, but he laid most of the blame for the failure of the round at the feet of the government side.

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