Effort to Discuss Transitional Government Ends in Failure 1/27/14
GENEVA — The first meeting aimed at discussing a Syrian transitional government has broken up, less than an hour after it began.
Today's session in Switzerland was tense, and was described by one delegate as "a dialogue of the deaf."
Syria's government has said it won't discuss replacing President Bashar Assad as the leader of a country his family has ruled since 1970. The opposition insists he must step down, in favor of a transitional governing body that would lead the country until elections are held.
A U.N. envoy managed to get both sides to sit in the same room over the weekend to discuss humanitarian aid for parts of the besieged city of Homs, and a possible prisoner exchange. A tentative agreement was reached about the evacuation of women and children trapped in the city before aid convoys go in. But so far, no progress has been seen on the ground there. The U.N. envoy cites security problems for part of the delay.