» 03/15/2016, 10.24
Vicar of Aleppo: Government and rebels want end of hostilities, water and electricity return to cities
For Msgr. Georges Abou Khazen the partial withdrawal of Russian troops shows that the situation "is stabilizing". The conflict is "quieting", villages and towns are pushing for "peace and reconciliation." According to the prelate there is as lessening of fear and tensions. The situation in Aleppo is beginning to improve, water and electricity supplies return. Now is the time for peace.
17/03/2016 09:26:00 SYRIA - UN
Peace talks: Damascus says no to "direct" talks with opposition
The Syrian government representative excludes the possibility direct meetings with the HNC leader in the near future. Bashar al-Jaafari says they are terrorists and do not "adequately" represent opposition front. The UN special envoy de Mistura seeking a common ground for dialogue.
16/03/2016 16:13:00 SYRIA – UNITED NATIONS
Syrian government and opposition moving towards a political solution
Government and opposition envoys present proposals at “indirect” talks in Geneva as UN mediator works on finding "common ground." “Direct" talks are not excluded. Kerry will be in Moscow next week. In the last 14 months, the Islamic State group lost 22 per cent of the territories it controlled in Syria and Iraq.
15/03/2016 09:30:00 SYRIA - RUSSIA
Putin orders withdrawal of "main part" of Russian troops from Syria
Announced a few hours after the start of the new phase of peace negotiations. From anti-terrorist emergency to political and diplomatic dialogue. Russia will keep a presence in the Hmeimim (Lattakia) air base and Tartous naval base. Pressure on Assad for more concessions in negotiations.
10/03/2016 10:00:00 SYRIA - UN
From March 14 to 24 new round of peace talks on Syria
Indirect dialogue through mediation of UN envoy. The truce has enabled the delivery of humanitarian aid in many areas that were under siege. Still no help in Daraya and Douma, besieged by government forces, and Deir Ezzor, besieged by ISIS.
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.
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