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UNITED NATIONS - SYRIA
Geneva, UN peace talks on Syria postponed to February 23
The United Nations Special Envoy confirms that "the letters" of official invitation have been sent and delegations "will arrive around February 20". Behind the further delay the need to provide more time to the opposition to prepare for meetings. Tomorrow in Astana a new meeting between emissaries of Assad and rebel leaders.
11/01/2017 18:31:00 KAZAKHSTAN – SYRIA
As Astana gets ready for Syria peace conference, opposition remains divided
Kazakhstan’s role will be limited to hosting the meeting. This means that Russia, Iran and Turkey will play the main role in solving the regional crisis. Erdogan reiterates partnership with Moscow. Only Syrian opposition groups sponsored by Ankara will be at the meeting. Other groups have been blocked.
As Damascus agrees to a prisoner exchange, rebels in Istanbul . . .
If a swap were agreed upon, it would be the first exchange of prisoners of war in three years. The opposition meets in Turkey to decide on participation in Geneva II. Strong divisions exist between secularists and Islamists as well as between pro-Saudi and pro-Qatar factions. US Secretary makes a plea.
21/01/2014 IRAN - UN - SYRIA
United Nations takes Iran off list for Geneva II. Tehran protests against US interference
For the UN, the Islamic Republic has not subscribed to the points outlined by the 2012 Peace Conference. The invitation to the meeting to be held tomorrow in Geneva had been submitted by the UN Secretary General on 19 November. The Syrian National Council leaves opposition bloc and will not participate in the talks.
28/01/2017 13:50:00 SYRIA – RUSSIA – TURKEY
After Astana, Moscow manoeuvring to become the supreme arbiter of the Syrian conflict
Trump signed two executive order to keep "terrorists" out of the US. Giving priority to Christian refugees, he suspends admissions for Syrians. For 90 days, Iraqis, Iranians, Somalis, Libyans, Sudanese and Yemenis are barred from the US. Iran’s president responds by rejecting walls. Meanwhile, talks about Syria’s future continue. On the recent Astana talks, we propose the reflection of an expert. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
31/01/2014 UNITED NATIONS - SYRIA
Lakhdar Brahimi: some progress in Syria talks
In a statement, the UN envoy stresses that the two sides have found some common ground. Meetings will resume next month. Despite a desire to end the violence and the suffering of the Syrian people, nothing has been decided yet. Next week, a meeting is scheduled in Rome to discuss UN humanitarian aid in Syria. Both sides reject terrorism and violent extremism.
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