US says it wants Syrian government to negotiate ‘seriously’ with opposition

Saturday, 16 December 2017

The United States on Friday urged supporters of the Syrian government to press it to "participate fully" in negotiations with the opposition, saying a lack of a political resolution in the war-torn country threatened indefinite instability. In a statement, a spokeswoman for the State Department said the United States wanted the government's supporters "to use their leverage to urge the regime to participate fully in tangible negotiations with the opposition in Geneva." ...

Syrian opposition says government obstructing Geneva talks

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Syrian opposition claims the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks is coming up with new conditions, making it difficult to move forward. Opposition spokesman Yahya Aridi said on Tuesday that the Damascus delegation told UN envoy Staffan de Mistura they won't negotiate directly. He said de Mistura told them about the government's stance. Aridi says the opposition delegates "consider this to be a precondition." There was no immediate response from the government team in ...

Syrian regime delegation joins Geneva negotiations

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Syrian delegation arrived in Geneva on Sunday to participate in the UN-sponsored talks. The return of the regime's delegation to Geneva came after Russian pressure and warnings from the UN envoy about the consequences of the failure of any party to come to the negotiations. The second round of the Geneva negotiations in its eighth edition resumed on Tuesday with meetings between the Syrian opposition delegation and UN envoy Stephane de Mistura, who announced that the current round could ...

Syrian government delegation to return to Geneva on Sunday for peace talks

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s negotiating team is set to arrive in Geneva on Sunday to participate in peace talks, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Thursday, quoting a foreign ministry source. The delegation, led by Bashar al-Ja’afari, walked out last week and returned to Damascus. Negotiations resumed on Wednesday without the Syrian government delegation. The talks began last week and after a few days with little apparent progress, the UN mediator Staffan de ...

UN extends Syria round for two more weeks, presidency not yet on table

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The United Nations said on Thursday it was extending a round of Syria talks in Geneva until Dec. 15, although the Syrian government delegation might go home to "consult and refresh" for several days and the presidency had not yet been discussed. UN mediator Staffan de Mistura told a news conference that the talks - in which he is shuttling between rival delegations in separate rooms - would focus in particular on a new constitution and UN-supervised parliamentary and presidential ...

Syrian opposition seek a political solution in six months

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Syrian opposition leader Nasr Hariri requested that Russia and other countries put real pressure on Damascus to reach a political solution within six months in accordance with UN resolution 2254. Hariri said the opposition had no preconditions for talks, but planned to discuss all the details of the political transition, including Assad's fate. Hariri also noted that it is impossible to engage directly in negotiations regarding the constitution and elections during the current circumstances ...

Syrian regime delegation joins peace talks in Geneva

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Syrian delegation arrived in Geneva to participate in the eighth round of United Nation-sponsored peace talks. It delayed its departure for one day after the opposition repeated its demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down. The Russian-proposed ceasefire in the Eastern Ghouta area of Syria has been widely observed, a war monitor and a witness said on Wednesday, as a delegation from Damascus arrived in Geneva to join peace talks there. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ...

UN: Syria government has not confirmed will attend Geneva talks

Monday, 27 November 2017

United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Monday that the Syrian government had not yet confirmed that it would attend an eighth round of peace talks in Geneva this week, but "indicated that we would be hearing from them soon." "Last night we received a message that the government would not travel to Geneva today. Naturally we hope, and indeed expect the government will be on its way shortly," de Mistura told the UN Security Council on Monday. Syrian congress ...

Nasr al-Hariri to head Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva

Saturday, 25 November 2017

The Syrian opposition on Friday chose Nasr al-Hariri as head of its delegation in the next round of UN-backed negotiations in Geneva. Sources also told Al-Arabiya that three representatives of the negotiating delegation to Geneva were also selected, and they are; Jamal Suleiman, Khalid Al-Mahamid and Hanadi Abu Yarub. The Syrian opposition group succeeded in uniting by announcing a delegation of 36 seats following the meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh. The opposition coalition won eight seats ...

UN special envoy wants new round of Syria talks in coming weeks

Thursday, 28 September 2017

UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday that he hopes to convene a new round of Syria talks in Geneva in the coming weeks. “I am calling on both sides to assess the situation with realism and responsibility to the people of Syria and to prepare seriously to participate in the Geneva talks,” de Mistura said at the UN Security Council. He said he intends to convene an eighth round of talks on the bloody more than six-year conflict no later than the end of October or early ...

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