A UN-led push to chart a way out of Syria's tangled civil war got off to a shaky start Friday, with only representatives of Bashar al-Assad's regime attending the first day of supposed peace talks in Switzerland. The main umbrella body representing the myriad opposition and rebel groups in the five-year-old conflict were refusing to take part at the start of what are meant to be six months of intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva. A member of this group, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), told AFP however that a small, low-level team of three spokesmen were en route for Geneva where they might meet with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura.
7 March, 2016 Syria regime says will attend peace talks starting March 14 Syria's regime said Monday it would attend renewed peace talks in Geneva starting March 14, but the opposition was still considering whether to go despite a major lull in fighting. The United Nations is hoping to restart peace talks that collapsed last month, building on a ceasefire that […]
30 January, 2016 Main Syrian opposition to join Geneva peace talks Syria's largest mainstream opposition group said Friday that it would attend UN-led peace talks in Switzerland, easing fears that it would boycott a process aimed at ending the tangled civil war. The Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said it would "take part in the political […]
30 January, 2016 Main Syrian opposition heading to Geneva for thorny peace talks Representatives of Syria's largest mainstream opposition umbrella group were set to arrive in Geneva on Saturday evening, allaying fears they would boycott UN-brokered talks aimed at ending the country's brutal civil war. A delegation from the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee […]
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