Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari gestures upon his arrival for Syrian peace talks in Geneva on February 2, 2016. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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The U.S. and France have accused President Bashar Assad's government of undermining talks to end Syria's civil war, which were suspended hours before donors were due to meet Thursday to raise aid for the conflict-torn country.The U.N. paused the fruitless peace negotiations Wednesday as the Syrian government said it had cut a key supply route to Syria's second city from the Turkish border with the help of Russian airstrikes.The talks had been tipped as the most important push so far to end Syria's bloody five-year conflict, which has killed more than 260,000 people and forced half the country's population from its homes.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the Syrian government's push to grab territory as negotiations were meant to be getting underway proved the government was not serious about the talks.The suspension of the talks came as donors were due to gather in London with the aim of raising $9 billion in aid for Syria and to help its neighbors cope with millions of people that have taken refuge on their soil.
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