Bashar Ja'afari

U.N. Envoy Urges Obama, Putin to Save Syria Truce, Peace Process

By Stephanie Nebehay and Shadia Nasralla GENEVA, April 28 – The United Nations mediator on Thursday called on the leaders of the United States and the Russian Federation to salvage the “barely alive” two-month-old ceasefire in Syria and revitalise the damaged peace process. U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura voiced deep concern at the truce

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White House Concerned Russia Moving Military Equipment into Syria

By Roberta Rampton and John Irish RIYADH/GENEVA, April 21  – The United States said on Thursday it was concerned about reports that Russia is moving more military equipment into Syria to bolster President Bashar Al Assad with a truce in tatters and peace talks in meltdown. Fighting raged across Syria after the truce, brokered by

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Syrian Gov’t Says Assad’s Future Not Up For Discussion

AMMAN, April 19 – The Syrian government’s chief negotiator said President Bashar Al Assad’s future was not up for discussion at peace talks, underlining the bleak prospects for reviving U.N.-led negotiations postponed by the opposition. Bashar Ja’afari, speaking to Lebanese TV station Al Mayadeen, also said his team was pushing for an expanded government as

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Syria Says Russian Withdrawal Was No Surprise to Assad’s Gov’t

GENEVA, March 16  – Russia’s withdrawal of forces from Syria was no surprise to Damascus, Bashar Ja’afari, head of the Syrian government delegation at peace talks in Geneva, said on Wednesday. More than five months after they started air strikes to bolster President Bashar Al Assad, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that most Russian forces

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Syria Peace Talks Set to Struggle Despite Foreign Pressure

BEIRUT/GENEVA, March 14 – Syria peace talks due to begin in Geneva this week look set to struggle, with the sides showing no sign of compromise over the issue at the heart of the five-year-long conflict: the future of President Bashar Al Assad. The U.N.-led talks getting under way on Monday with U.S. and Russian

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