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    Syrian Opposition Ready to Attend Geneva Peace Talks

    FILE - Free Syrian Army fighters look at a Syrian Army jet, not pictured, in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo province, Syria. A spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee said representatives plan to start arriving in Geneva on Friday.
    FILE - Free Syrian Army fighters look at a Syrian Army jet, not pictured, in Fafeen village, north of Aleppo province, Syria. A spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee said representatives plan to start arriving in Geneva on Friday.
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    The main Syrian opposition group signaled Monday it intends to take part in renewed U.N.-led peace talks set to begin later this week.

    Riad Nassan Agha, a spokesman for the High Negotiations Committee, said representatives plan to start arriving in Geneva on Friday.

    He also said the HNC has noted a decline in reported violations of a cease-fire that has been in effect since February 27, as well as progress in the delivery of humanitarian aid.

    U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura originally intended to reconvene Syrian parties for peace talks late last month but pushed back the date as the United States and Russia led efforts to implement the cessation of hostilities. 

    Russia said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry agreed in a phone call Sunday that there should be no delay in starting the new round of negotiations. 

    A foreign ministry statement said the diplomats shared a "positive assessment" of the cease-fire and humanitarian access to besieged areas in Syria.

    The goal of the peace talks is to bring about an agreement on a political transition to end Syria's five-year war with a new constitution and new elections.

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    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 07, 2016 8:43 AM
    Remember that there are only 2 sides in any war, (the US versus the Syrian government) and this so-called Syrian terrorist/rebel opposition group is just a small part of the US, NATO and Sunni Muslim countries, kingdoms and emirates supported terrorist/rebel coalitions that is doing the actual fighting for the US and their allies against the Syrian government? .. On the other side is the Syrian government with the Russians and Iran helping them, with Syrians, Hezbollah and Iranian fighters defending against the US and allies terrorist/rebel fighters?

    Since the US and Russia are the only super powers on opposing sides, they will do all the negotiations for all the participants on how any peace process will go forward, (and no matter what), all the other participants will follow their agreements? ..Remember that the US and NATO asked for the ceasefire and peace talks? .. Now? .. Russia will set the terms and conditions for the peace talks, and the US will accept them or not? .. no matter how much the terrorist/rebels groups and their supporters cry and complain?

    by: John
    March 07, 2016 8:27 AM
    Obviously I am totally sceptical about the possibility of the Syrians hugging and kissing and making up. I hope they prove me wrong.

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