January 22, 2018

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Syrian opposition to attend peace talks in Geneva

Syrian opposition to attend peace talks in Geneva

The Syrian opposition has confirmed it will take part in peace talks scheduled for Monday in Geneva.

The High Negotiations Committee said it would not set any preconditions before the talks, but added that it expected this round of negotiations would focus on creating a transitional governing body that did not include Syria’s president,Bashar al-Assad, and his close coterie.

The HNC said the decision to participate in the Geneva talks demonstrated its “commitment in supporting sincere international efforts aimed at ending the bloodshed in Syria and finding a political solution”.

The announcement on Friday follows days of internal deliberations by the group on whether to take part. A truce meant to pave the way for the negotiations has largely held despite ongoing but sporadic violence in Syria. The large-scale aid deliveries that are meant to be part of the ceasefire deal, which was reached by major powers last month, have yet to materialise. Read more

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