dglobalnews.com Peace talks produce 'clear agenda' for war-scarred Syria
Published: Mon, March 06, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Peace talks produce 'clear agenda' for war-scarred Syria

Peace talks produce 'clear agenda' for war-scarred Syria

03 de marzo de 2017, 17:43Moscow, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Russia expects success in the negotiations about Syria in Geneva, to which we never challenged our efforts for a dialogue between the Syrian conflicting sides in Astana, Russian Foreign Vice Minister Serguei Riabkov stated today.

"The train is ready, it is in the station, it is warming up the engine".

The government delegation asked that a fourth "basket" that would focus entirely on anti-terrorism be included in the talks agenda before it agrees to continue negotiations, a request the opposition appears hesitant to accept for fear that the government would use it to sideline discussions on political transition, its central goal.

Speaking to reporters after another long day of meetings, the envoy called the round of talks "substantive" and said the parties had agreed to return later in March to discuss four points - governance, constitution, elections and counter-terrorism.

With the fifth round of Syria peace talks set to resume in a few weeks' time, the United Nations reminded that its success is contingent on incremental trust between rival parties, improved humanitarian access and the upkeep of the ceasefire.

"The worldwide community must speak out.to put an end to the ongoing massacres that have been taking place in Syria for six years now", said al-Hariri.

De Mistura said that after a 10-month pause, the talks were unavoidably dominated by procedure, but he credited all sides for also addressing issues of substance.

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Ja'afari said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had kept his promise to retake the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State militants, which fell to the army earlier on Thursday. The three opposition delegations also held separate meetings with the United Nations envoy.

Borodavkin noted that the reunification of these groups should happen not through "Riyadh-based delegation absorbing" them [in reference to SNC], but by bridging the distance between the positions of all the opposition platforms.

Despite periodic displays of division, Western diplomats and analysts who had come to shepherd the opposition through the tricky process credited the motley crew of political dissidents and military commanders for holding their ground. The bar was set so low by De Mistura, who started the talks saying he expected no breakthroughs, that just keeping everyone at the table was viewed as an achievement.

For the past six years, Syria has been fighting terrorism.

Damascus sought a unified Syrian opposition.

"I really want to express my gratitude to the Syrian invitees for engaging with me and my colleagues in serious discussions during these last nine days", the special envoy told press.

"We accepted to enter an open-ended political process", al-Rais said.

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