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Syria Peace Talks Could Begin Friday If Opposition Arrives to Geneva

© AFP 2021 / OZAN KOSESyrian opposition representative George Sabra. (File)
Syrian opposition representative George Sabra. (File) - Sputnik International
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Intra-Syrian negotiations may begin as early as Friday afternoon if the Syrian opposition arrives to Geneva, UN Syria Envoy spokeswoman Khawla Mattar told Sputnik.

General view of the United Nations (UN) offices in Geneva - Sputnik International
UN-Backed Intra-Syrian Talks to Kick Off in Geneva
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The UN Security Council resolution 2254 adopted on December 18, 2015 stipulated the January launch of the talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in order to settle the ongoing civil war.

"In the second half of the day we intend to start negotiations with the government delegation. We are also looking for the reply from the opposition on their participation in the talks. We look for their reply by the end of the day, maybe earlier. We are ready to start negotiations with the opposition today if they arrive," Mattar said.

The discussions on the Syrian crisis settlement will last at least six months with the first part of the negotiations to last approximately two-three weeks.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting a number of opposition factions and radical Islamist groups, including al-Nusra and Daesh terrorists.

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