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    Syrian Reconciliation Talks in Moscow Set to Continue

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    Participants of Syria talks in Moscow are determined to continue consultations, a Russian moderator said Thursday.

    MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) – Participants of Syria talks in Moscow favor holding a similar meeting with a larger number of negotiators soon, Russian moderator Vitaly Naumkin said Thursday. He did not say exactly when the talks would be held.

    “The participants of the meeting spoke in favor of continuing and improving the consultations in Moscow, including by expanding the number of participants,” he said.

    The first round of intra-Syrian talks, held January 26-29 in Moscow, saw the participation of the country’s government officials, representatives from opposition parties and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.

    The Moscow talks are the first to focus on Syrian reconciliation since January 2014. At that time, the second round of the UN-backed conference on Syria was held in Geneva, Switzerland, but failed to yield significant results.

    By hosting the talks, Moscow intends to help the parties involved in the Syrian conflict reach a peaceful solution to the four-year civil war that has already resulted in the deaths of 200,000 people, according to UN estimates.

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