William Hague has blamed Bashar Assad's regime for the breakdown of Syria peace talks. The Foreign Secretary said the lack of progress during the second round of discussions with rebels in Geneva was a "serious setback".
UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said the regime's refusal to countenance a transitional governing body was a major sticking point. No date has been set for more talks to end the conflict, which is thought to have claimed 100,000 lives over the past three years.
Mr Hague said:
Brahimi told a news conference that both sides agreed that the agenda for the next round should focus on four points: ending the violence and terrorism, creating a transitional governing body, building national institutions, and reconciliation.
He also apologised to the Syrian people, saying they had "high hopes", but that ultimately the second round of talks "have not helped them very much".