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    Germany Interested in Prompt Start of Intra-Syria Talks Amid Migrant Crisis

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    Germany is interested in the intra-Syrian talks aimed at settling the crisis in the Middle Eastern country, starting as soon possible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — The much-anticipated talks between Damascus officials and the Syrian opposition were expected to take place on January 25. Earlier in the day, the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) said that the talks were likely to be postponed for a few days for practical reasons.

    "We have a common interest that these task start as soon as possible," Merkel told reporters in Berlin.

    Europe is struggling to find a solution to a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Following several rounds of international talks on settling the Syrian conflict, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2254 on December 18, which endorses a road map for a peace process in the country. The resolution calls for an immediate ceasefire and sets out a January deadline for UN-facilitated talks to begin between the Syrian government and opposition members.

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