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Syrians in Paris unconvinced by Geneva 2 talks

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-24

An international conference aiming to bring almost three years of deadly war in Syria to an end began under a tense atmosphere this week in Switzerland. FRANCE 24 asked Paris' Syrian community to weigh in on the high-stakes meeting.

International leaders hope representatives of Syria’s government and members of the opposition can at least take a first step towards an eventual peace deal at the Geneva 2 convention.

However, members of the Syrian community in Paris expect little, if any, good to come from the peace initiative. Gathered in a café that serves as their unofficial HQ in the French capital, they said world leaders have lost touch with the suffering of civilians.

“I feel disappointed that even after 100,000 people killed, 100,000s jailed, and the millions that are now homeless, we're still talking about power, and not about human beings,” Tayseer al Karim, a refugee who recently arrived in Paris told FRANCE 24.

“We remember when Obama warned [President] Bashar al-Assad in 2012. Since then Assad has broken Obama's red line on chemical weapons many times. They were just empty words,” added Khaled Alkhani, an Syrian artist, added.

The majority arrived before the uprising began and are opposed to Assad’s regime. Little they’ve heard from the Geneva 2 talks gives them hope that they will be returning home anytime soon.

To watch the full report from Paris click on the player above.

Date created : 2014-01-24

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