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Syria’s Jaafari quits Geneva talks over Assad’s future

It is unclear if the Syrian government delegation will return to Geneva, while opposition and Western diplomats have also criticised the talks for being too heavily influenced by Russia.

The head of the Syrian government delegation, Bashar al-Jaafari says there can be no progress in talks to end the fighting, if the opposition keeps demanding President Bashar al-Assad step down.

Its delegation has returned to Damascus and says it hasn’t decided whether to go back to Geneva when talks resume on Tuesday.

The talks were originally based around a UN-backed goal of a transitional government body, but the Syrian government, backed by their Russian allies, and UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura have backed away from the plan.

Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports from Geneva.