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    Syrian Peace Talks to Resume on February 25 in Montreux

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    Randa Kassis, a senior member of the moderate Syrian opposition delegation at the talks said that intra-Syrian talks will resume in the Swiss city of Montreux on February 25.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The proximity talks on Syrian reconciliation under UN aegis will resume on February 25 in the Swiss city of Montreux, a senior member of the moderate Syrian opposition delegation at the talks told Sputnik on Saturday.

    "I have received a confirmation from the organizing committee that the February 25 date is still in force, all logistics for talks have been prepared in the Swiss city of Montreux," Randa Kassis, president of the Movement of the Pluralistic Society, said.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting multiple opposition factions and extremist groups, including Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh), which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia.

    On January 29, talks between the government of Syria and the representatives of the Syrian opposition began in Geneva. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on February 3 that the talks came to a temporary pause. The resumption of the intra-Syrian negotiation process is expected on February 25.

    Two opposition delegations are taking part in the talks. The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) was created in Saudi Arabia in December and includes representatives of some groups considered to be terrorist organizations by Syria and Russia, and a delegation created following talks in Moscow and Cairo.

    The UN Security Council Resolution 2254, passed in December, reaffirms the goals of previous agreements to end the bombardment of civilians in Syria, bring the entire spectrum of political groups in the crisis-torn country to the negotiating table and promote a lasting political resolution of the crisis.

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