Syria talks end without any achievements: United Nations envoy

UN mediator says 'golden opportunity missed' at Syria peace talks

The Kremlin also hopes to convene a political congress in the Black Sea resort of Sochi which would bring together regime officials and the opposition to reinvigorate a hobbled peace process. In other words, negotiations, in reality, did not take place.

De Mistura expressed disappointment with the opposition's insistence on ruling out a role for Assad but said 11 meetings with opposition negotiators in the course of two weeks had constructively explored approaches to holding elections and drafting a new constitution.

"The Daesh territory has reduced close to zero, but at the same time everybody knows... that without a clear political process we risk to not have learned the lesson of Mosul and we risk to not have what should be winning the peace not only winning the war against Daesh", de Mistura said at a briefing on Thursday.

Earlier, the head of the Syrian government delegation to the Syrian peace talks Bashar al-Ja'afari said his team would not talk to the opposition delegation due to a statement it released before the current talks began, known as "the Riyadh communique".

The U.N. envoy accused the government delegation of setting preconditions in order to talk to the opposition, and said its team refused to discuss anything other than "terrorism" during the talks.

Talks this month have snagged on the issue of President Bashar al-Assad's future, with the opposition delegation defying calls to give up its demand that the president must go as part of any peace deal.

Nasr al-Hariri, the head of the Syria opposition delegation, warned that the Geneva talks are in "great danger" - accusing the government delegation of sabotaging them.

Ja'afari also blasted de Mistura for his comments on Russian Federation, saying such positions "derail his mandate as a facilitator of the talks, which will have an impact on the Geneva process all together".

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The eighth and latest round of peace talks ended in Geneva with little more than hope for a new round in January.

But in a television interview broadcast Wednesday night, de Mistura had already made clear one critical requirement for progress: urging President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation, the key ally of President Bashar Assad of Syria, "to have the courage" to pressure the Syrian government into concessions.

"The goal we had was to bring about real negotiations", de Mistura told a news conference.

"His statement undermined his mandate as a facilitator of the talks, which will affect the entire Geneva process", he told reporters as the eighth round of negotiations concluded with no sign of progress.

Russian Federation has provided crucial military and diplomatic backing to Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

Some observers held out hope that Syrian government representatives would meet the opposition face-to-face in Sochi - instead of back-and-forth proposals through the United Nations mediator.

De Mistura said he planned to attend that meeting.

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