Syria peace talks to begin within days: UN

    Syria peace talks to begin within days: UN

    March 8, Geneva: The U.N. envoy for Syria will begin holding "substantive" peace talks with both Syria's government officials and opposition representatives no later than next Monday, a spokeswoman for the envoy said Tuesday.

    The resumption of Syria peace talks has been expected ever since a U.S.-Russia-engineered cease-fire, which went into effect on Feb. 27, sharply reduced the bloodshed in the five-year war. The truce — though limited and tentative — has mostly held, even as sporadic fire has continued, reports said.

    Staffan de Mistura is still planning for the talks to officially start Wednesday, but logistics and other issues have meant that delegations are likely to arrive in Geneva over several days, spokeswoman Jessy Chahine said.

    Opposition leaders have set conditions before they agree to rejoin the planned talks, and it is not yet certain whether they would indeed attend.

    The Oslo Times


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