Syria opposition threatens to boycott peace talks in Geneva



    Syria opposition threatens to boycott peace talks in Geneva

    Jan 31, Damascus: Syria's main opposition group has threatened to boycott UN-sponsored peace talks held in Geneva, if what they called the "crimes" of Bashar al-Assad's government persisted.

    But a spokesman said they stood by their demand for an end to air strikes and blockades before they will negotiate with the Syrian government, media reports said.

    Representatives of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) landed in Geneva late on Saturday, a day after a delegation for Assad's government arrived and held preliminary talks with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura.

    Their delegation is due to meet UN envoy Staffan de Mistura on Sunday.

    More than 250,000 people have died and 11 million have fled their homes in almost five years of war in Syria.

    The Syrian civil war has also been the biggest driver behind Europe's migration crisis.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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