Syria peace talks resume

27 January, 2018, 20:25 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Envoy of the Secretary General for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will send his Syria peace negotiator to a conference in Russian Federation next week, a spokesman said Saturday, despite the Syrian opposition's boycott of the meeting.

UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura said that the talks are being held at a "very, very critical" time.

The United Nations has sponsored eight rounds of fruitless peace talks in Geneva since the war began in 2011, a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and driven millions from their homes while dragging in world and regional powers.

The Syrian High Negotiations Committee is expected to declare from Vienna is final decision on attending the Sochi congress, announced Commission spokesman Yehya al-Aridi to Asharq Al-Awsat.

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Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, "Rebels in the area have set the condition that humanitarian aid should enter the area in the coming 48 hours or else the agreement will be canceled".

"Invitations have been sent and continue to be sent to Syrian participants, some 1,600 people will receive such invitations", Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said of the Sochi negotiations.

United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura looks on before the start of talks on Syria in Vienna on January 25, 2018.

But the Syrian government delegation objected to the opposition's tough line on the future of Assad, and the talks achieved nothing.

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Alexander Lavrentiev, Moscow's envoy on Syria, said on January 20 that, Russia, Turkey and Iran had reached consensus on a list of countries that will participate in the summit.

Ahead of the Vienna meeting, officials from the United States, France and Britain, along with Saudi Arabia and Jordan, gathered in Paris on Tuesday to sharpen their response to the Russian initiative. Nasr al-Hariri from the SNC said the discussions would be "a real test for all the sides".

"In general we welcome any proposals which lead to the implementation of the [UNSC] resolution 2254". According to Jaafari, it undermines the Geneva process and Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi.

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