Chief Syrian opposition negotiator resigns over failed peace talks

Chief negotiator for the main Syrian opposition umbrella group the High Negotiations Committee, Mohammed Alloush, pictured on April 13, 2016, announced his resignationThe Syrian opposition’s chief negotiator in stalled UN-brokered peace talks, Mohammed Alloush, announced his resignation Sunday citing the failure of the Geneva negotiations and the continued shelling of rebel-held areas by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. “The three rounds of talks were unsuccessful because of the stubbornness of the regime and its continued bombardments and aggressions towards the Syrian people,” Alloush, a member of the influential Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) rebel group, said in a statement on Twitter. The regime and non-jihadist rebels agreed a shaky ceasefire in February to bolster the peace talks but repeated violations have left the truce hanging by a thread.

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