In terms of lies, they have long ago crossed the Rubicon and they know it. It is their skin which is on the line in Geneva. The desperation and anxiety could be heard in the Syrian regime's representatives voices at the peace talks in Geneva. It appeared that it was urgent that their version of events on the ground in Syria must be accepted by world public opinion. Prior to the commencement of the talks, photos were released that appear to validate the claim Syrian government is engaged in systematic torture and murder of Syrian political prisoners.
Realizing that their "jig was up" in terms of lying to the world, they insisted the the reason for meeting the opposition was to talk about ways of fighting terrorism and nothing more. While the opposition and the UN made it clear that the purpose of the talks were to make progress to implement the terms of Geneva I, which called for a transitional government devoid of any remnants of Bashar al Assad's regime. Syrian government officials insist that is a non starter, while their counterparts at the talks insist that is the only way to proceed forward in terms of any political settlement. Secretary of State Kerry made that abundantly clear in his opening statement. He was quickly scolded by Syria's Foreign Minister, Walid Muallem, who insisted the regimes version of events must be told and accepted.
It appears abundantly obvious that the representatives of the Syrian regimes delegation are getting the message that eventually there is a very real chance of international charges being brought against the members of the regime for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. For example, on Monday, the opposition members presented the regime with a request for the release of 47,000 people held in detention by Syrian authorities. The response was that they couldn't release anyone who was not in their custody,"either they had already been released or were never detained." In other words, they would have to account for names on that list that were murdered by them, and that would implicate them in said crimes. Also, releasing anyone on that list would also confirm that they were guilty of abducting innocent civilians and torturing them. The regime also insists they have no children in detention, yet detailed reports by Human Rights Watch and other NGO's contradict everything the regime claims regarding the detained.
Moving on to the subject of humanitarian aid relieving civilians under siege by both sides, but primarily Syrian regime forces, this too was a sticking point. With the UN insisting the aid was ready to go, to be delivered, the Syrian government balked. Specifically relating to the city of Homs, where the inhabitants of the "old city" city center have been under siege for a year by Assad's forces, the regime insists that it will allow women and children "safe passage out" but not supplies in. Their reasons are more than twofold, first it is their policy of "surrender or starve" that is killing off the inhabitants, allowing in the UN would confirm this firsthand. Second, as happened in some suburbs of Damascus, the regime immediately detained those who were permitted out of their besieged neighborhoods. The fate to those individuals is in question.
All of this should come as no surprise as the regime has taken this stance from the beginning, that they are the "good guys" fighting terrorist. The real reason is they must keep lying about the missing, the dead, their use of heavy weapons against civilians, their sarin gas attack that killed 1300 civilians, the starvation of civilians and other crimes, or in fact they must admit to them, and all involved will be charged. Just as it is the reason why they pound entire sections of the country into ruins, to destroy evidence that will be used against them. To them, their lies are the truth. To the rest of the world it is all the more reason to see this regime held accountable for what it has done to it's own people.
The opposition also made clear it is the regime itself that has brought in foreign terrorist in the form of Al Qaeda and the ISIL. It has long been known that the Syria was a training ground, and safe haven for Al Qaeda while the US occupied neighboring Iraq. Only now Assad has invited others to bolster his claim he is fighting terrorism.