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Syrian crisis: as Gulf States close their doors to refugees, UN special envoy pleads for peace
Arab nations have failed to adopt a refugee policy fearing demographic imbalances and infiltration by Assad loyalists. Expert warns that the demands of Western diplomats are going unheard. For UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, without peace refugee flow will continue.
30/01/2016 16:19:00 SYRIA â€“ UNITED NATIONS
Opposition group to join Geneva talks on Syria conflict
The High Negotiations Committee announces it will send 30-35 people to Geneva to join UN, US and Syrian representatives to negotiate an end to a conflict that has claimed 260,000 lives since 2011. UN Security Council resolution approved last month calls for an immediate cease-fire, a transitional government in six months and elections within 18.
For Aleppo vicar, there is little hope and widespread scepticism with regards to the UN mission in Syria
UN envoy Staffan de Mistura arrived yesterday in Damascus. As he did a year ago, the diplomat wants to revive ceasefire talks; meanwhile scores of civilians are killed in Aleppo, including children. Mgr Abou Khazen calls for a stop to the flow of weapons and fighters. The Church's pastoral mission in Syria for the Year of the consecrated life continues.
11/11/2014 SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS
Nuncio to Damascus talks about Syrian conflict, UN optimism and the plight of an exhausted people
Mgr Zenari met with UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura, who is "determined" to reach a truce. His goal is to create areas in which to "freeze" the fighting and improve aid delivery. President Assad appears flexible on the matter. People are exhausted and "those who can try to flee." Hope is emerging about a united front against jihadists.
26/01/2016 13:06:00 SYRIA
UN to start Syria peace talks on Friday in Geneva
UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura announces indirect “proximity talks”. The Islamic State group and the al-Nusra Front are not included. Turkey vetoes Kurdish presence. Divided Syrian opposition has not yet agreed on its delegation. At least 23 are killed in an attack in Aleppo.
02/02/2016 19:02:00 SYRIA - JORDAN
As UN mediates in Geneva, fighting continues in Syria, and the refugee situation reaches a boiling point in Jordan
On the second day of ‘proximity talks,’ Damascus agrees to let aid into three besieged towns, including Madaya. However, diplomatic efforts have yet to halt fighting in places like Aleppo, where combat is intensifying. Jordan’s king warns that his country has reached a boiling point.
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