UN insists shaky Syria peace talks to go ahead

More than 260,000 people have been killed in Syria's warThe UN insisted that high-stakes peace talks aimed at ending the brutal, five-year-old Syrian conflict would still begin in Switzerland later Friday despite uncertainty over whether key groups would even attend. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura "will start by meeting the government's delegation today (Friday)" in Geneva, followed by talks with "other participants", the United Nations said in a statement. The Syrian government delegation, headed by Syria's envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari, arrived in Geneva early afternoon, a source said.


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