DAMASCUS: United Nations organised peace talks between government and opposition groups in Syria have ended without much progress as the second round ended in a deadlock.
The UN special envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi is making a last-ditch bid to break the stalemate between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva and is holding final discussions with both sides.
During the talks ,Syrian officials said that there is no question of replacing President Bashar al-Assad.
Opposition spokesman Louay Safi said the government team had failed to show “any responsiveness”.
Correspondents say at least 5,000 people are believed to have died since the first round of the Geneva talks began on 22 January.
While US President Barack Obama said he was considering ways of putting more pressure on President Assad, though he did not expect any resolution in the short term.
No date was set for the negotiations to resume, and dispute overshadowed the potential talks as the two sides debated the order in which the agenda’s four topics will be discussed: combating violence, transitional government, national institutions and national reconciliation.