Obama Laments Slow Pace of Syrian Peace Talks

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama admitted Tuesday that he and others feel “enormous frustration” regarding peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups that resumed this week.

With French President Francois Hollande by his side, Obama told reporters at the White House that there has been very little progress between the two sides to end the three-year-long conflict that has left upwards of 130,000 people dead and millions more displaced.

United Nations special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who is brokering the negotiations, suggested that this second round of talks has essentially been a repeat of the first summit in Geneva in which neither Damascus nor its foes wavered on their vision of a transitional government.

The opposition wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out of the picture entirely while the government maintains that Assad will go nowhere unless voters remove him from office.

Adding to the bitterness are new problems in the city of Homs. Although the two sides had agreed to evacuate women and children from the besieged city and allow the delivery of relief supplies, there were reports that none of that was happening Tuesday as violence continues between government forces and rebel fighters.

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