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    Syrian Truce Could Provide Opportunity to Geneva Talks Progress - Cameron

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    Both the United Kingdom and France welcome the establishment of ceasefire regime in Syria, creating premises for success of the intra-Syria Geneva talks, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The UN-brokered intra-Syria peace talks are set to resume in Geneva on March 9 after having been postponed in early February because of delegates’ inability to reach a compromise on a number of issues.

    "We welcome the latest truce, it could provide an opportunity to make progress at next week talks. But these will only succeed if there is a change of behavior by the Syrian regime and by its backers," Cameron said at a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande following a UK-France summit.

    Cameron urged Russia to "end its attacks on Syrian civilians and the moderate opposition" and reiterated the call to ensure speedy transition of the power in Syria from President Bashar Assad.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with opposition factions and Islamist terrorist groups fighting the Syrian Army.

    Russia recognizes Assad as the legitimate authority in the country, stressing that the Syrian people should be free to choose their leadership without outside intervention. The United States and some of its allies since the beginning of the conflict have been supporting the so-called moderate Syrian opposition, while urging Assad to resign.

    Russia and the United States reached an agreement on the ceasefire in Syria on February 22. The truce excluded Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups, both of which are outlawed in Russia.


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