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    Director General of the International Organization for Migration said that intra-Syrian talks remain key to eradicating the cause of the migration influx that Europe has been facing.

    GENEVA (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova The intra-Syrian talks remain key to eradicating the cause of the migration influx that Europe has been facing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing told Sputnik.

    "This is the major key to trying to get some more order into the migration flows," Swing said, when asked about the Syria talks.

    Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting against multiple opposition factions and extremist groups.

    The prolonged conflict triggered a massive humanitarian crisis. According to the UN refugee agency, 13.5 million Syrians are displaced inside the conflict-torn Arab republic, while about 4.6 million people fled the country, triggering a massive refugee crisis in the European Union.

    Last week, the highly-anticipated talks on Syrian reconciliation mediated by the United Nations began in Geneva in line with the December UN Security Council's resolution on Syrian settlement, that ruled to bring the entire spectrum of political groups in the crisis-torn country to the negotiating table. The talks have been put on hold by the United Nations until February 25.

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    migration, Intra-Syria talks, International Organization of Migration (IOM), Europe
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