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Syrian Opposition Negotiator Quits After Peace Talks’ Failure

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, May 29 – The chief peace negotiator of Syria’s mainstream opposition said on Sunday he was resigning over the failure of the U.N.- backed Geneva peace talks to bring a political settlement and to ease the plight of Syrians living in besieged rebel-held areas. Mohammed Alloush, who is also the representative

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Kerry Says Hopes For Progress on Syria Ceasefire in Geneva Talks

GENEVA, May 2 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he hoped to make progress in talks in Geneva over the next two days toward renewing a cessation of hostilities agreement throughout Syria and resuming peace talks to end the fighting. “The hope is we can make some progress,” Kerry said at the start of a meeting

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Date of New Geneva Syria Talks Unclear Amid Conflicting Reports

MOSCOW/GENEVA, April 27 – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was quoted on Wednesday as saying Syria peace talks would resume in Geneva on May 10, but a spokeswoman for the U.N. special envoy on Syria said no date had yet been fixed. The RIA news agency had reported Bogdanov’s comments earlier on Wednesday, but

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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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Syria Rebel Group Slams Geneva Talks, Opposition Body

BEIRUT, April 17 – A Syrian rebel group on Saturday said United Nations-led peace talks had so far been extremely negative and criticized opposition negotiators as divorced from a deteriorating military situation on the ground. The statement from Ahrar Al Sham, an Islamist group and one of the biggest rebel factions involved in the conflict, indicates

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Stage is Set for Syria Peace Talks as Opposition Arrives in Geneva

By Stephanie Nebehay and Suleiman Al-Khalidi GENEVA/AMMAN, Jan 31- A delegation from Syria’s main opposition group arrived in Geneva on Saturday to join U.N.-mediated peace talks, demanding President Bashar al-Assad’s government be made to comply with a U.N. resolution on humanitarian aid and human rights. “We are keen to make this negotiation a success,” opposition

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Main Syrian Opposition Heads to Geneva as Peace Talks Begin

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Stephanie Nebehay AMMAN/GENEVA, Jan 30 – A delegation from Syria’s main opposition group flew to Geneva on Saturday to assess whether to join Damascus government officials in United Nations-brokered peace talks, an opposition representative said. The 17-strong team included the head of the Saudi-backed Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC), which includes political

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Syria Peace Talks Derailed as Opposition Stays Away

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi, John Davison and Stephanie Nebehay AMMAN/BEIRUT/GENEVA, Jan 29- The Syrian opposition said it will not attend peace talks due to begin in Geneva on Friday, derailing the first attempt in two years to hold negotiations aimed at ending the five-year-long war. An opposition council convening in Riyadh said its delegation would “certainly”

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U.N. Says Syria Ignored Most of its Requests to Deliver Aid

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jan 28- The Syrian government in 2015 ignored most United Nations requests to deliver humanitarian aid to some of the 4.6 million people in hard-to-reach and besieged areas and only 620,000 received help, the U.N. aid chief said on Wednesday. Stephen O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council that last year

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