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    Syrian Opposition Figures Planning Moscow Meeting on January 26-27

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    Representatives of the Syrian opposition are planning to hold a meeting in Moscow on January 26-27 to discuss the issue of forming a single delegation ahead of the Syrian talks in Geneva scheduled for next month, a source close to the talks told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A Syrian opposition meeting is expected to take place on January 23, while intra-Syria talks under the auspices of the United Nations are scheduled for February 8.

    "The idea of the meeting on January 26-27 is to simplify the formation of a united delegation," the source said.

    According to the talks, six opposition figures have been invited to the event, including a representatives of the Kurds.

    Russia and Turkey brokered a nationwide ceasefire between the Syrian government and opposition, which took effect at midnight local time on December 30 and may pave the way for peaceful negotiations.

    Russia is working on arranging the intra-Syria talks, as of now, tentatively scheduled for late January and to be held in Kazakhstan's capital Astana. The Astana talks will be followed by a UN-backed settlement round in Geneva in February.

    The Geneva talks were originally slated for February 2016, but were suspended two days after beginning.

    Since 2011, Syria has been torn by the violent conflict between the government forces and opposition, including a number of terrorist groups.

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