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U.N. Urges U.S.-Russia Deal on Syria, Cautious on Russian Aleppo Plan

GENEVA, July 28 – U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia and the United States on Thursday to work together in reducing the fighting in Syria, saying that failure of their cooperation plan would have a very negative impact on planned peace talks. U.S. and Russian military officials were coming to Geneva to

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Kerry Sees Hope of Extending Truce To Syria’s Aleppo

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Lesley Wroughton AMMAN/GENEVA, May 2  – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday talks were closer to extending a Syrian truce to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation of violence in recent weeks has torpedoed peace talks and left a ceasefire in tatters. Kerry was in

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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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Aleppo Bombed as Syrian Army Begins “Calm” Plan Elsewhere

By John Davison BEIRUT, May 1 – Nearly 30 air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday as a temporary “calm” declared by Syria’s military took effect around Damascus and in the northwest. It was the ninth day of deadly bombardments in Aleppo, which has borne the brunt of increased fighting that has all

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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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U.N. Envoy Calls for Major Syria Meeting to Save Truce and Peace Talks

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, April 23 – The U.N. special envoy for Syria called on Friday for an urgent meeting of ministers from major and regional powers to sustain the threadbare truce in Syria, as well as troubled peace talks and humanitarian aid efforts. “Yes we do need certainly a new ISSG at ministerial level,” envoy

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Syrian Peace Talks in Quagmire as Rebels Prepare For More War

By John Irish, Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Perry GENEVA/BEIRUT, April 21 – Syria’s fragile peace talks might not resume for at least a year if they are abandoned now, a senior Western diplomat warned on Wednesday, as the opposition urged more military support for rebels after declaring a truce was over. Intense fighting has left Syria’s

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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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Syrian Opposition Rejects Any Election-Related Delay to Peace Talks

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi GENEVA, March 21 – The Syrian opposition said on Sunday it rejected any attempt by the government to delay the next round of peace talks until after a parliamentary election on April 13 and urged Russia to press its ally into serious talks on a political transition. Syrian President Bashar Al Assad

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