Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commentary EARLY COLLAPSE OF PEACE TALKS OVERSHADOW AID DRIVE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commentary EARLY COLLAPSE OF PEACE TALKS OVERSHADOW AID DRIVE

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Byline: Robert Fox Defence Editor

THE summit which aims to raise more than PS6 billion of aid for refugees displaced by the fighting in Syria some 18 million across the region has been overshadowed by the suspension last night of peace talks in Geneva.

The talks collapsed before they could begin properly. The tirelessly patient UN negotiator, Staffan de Mistura, blamed the Russians primarily. They seem to be sticking with Syria's President Assad whose forces, with Russian air support, seem to be about to retake the most populous city, Aleppo. Once again bloody facts on the ground have overtaken diplomacy and the will for peace. As long as the Russians and their clients in the Assad dictatorship believe they can win, the fighting will go on for months and probably years.

Britain, along with Kuwait, Germany, Norway, and the UN is hosting today's conference of more than 70 nations to help the distressed and displaced from the conflict across Syria and Iraq. …

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