Iraq on Sunday said it had "regained the initiative" against militants who seized vast swathes of territory, as former UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi blamed the crisis on global neglect of Syria`s civil war.
Syria welcomed Wednesday the resignation of UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, as hopes for a resumption of peace talks dimmed ahead of a controversial election expected to return President Bashar al-Assad to office.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday announced resignation of Lakhdar Brahimi as the joint United Nations-Arab League Special Representative on the Syria crisis, terming it a "tragedy for the Syrian people" and a "failure" for the United Nations.
A day after the second round of peace talks in Geneva concluded with the government and opposition failing to reach a consensus, Syria`s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has accused US of creating a “negative climate” during the discussion.
Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition are not making much progress, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Tuesday after a face-to-face meeting of the warring parties in Geneva.
A truce that has allowed the evacuation of hundreds of civilians from besieged districts of Syria`s Homs was extended for three days but fresh peace talks in Switzerland bogged down on Tuesday in mutual recriminations.