Category: talks

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Syria blame game continues after failed Geneva talks

The United States has urged the Syrian government to “participate fully” in negotiations with the opposition, while a Syrian official blamed opposition preconditions for yet another failed round of talks in Geneva. Referring to the negotiations, which ended in the Swiss city on Thursday without any results, the US state department commended the Syrian opposition’s “constructive…

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Syria envoy blames Saudi and UN for peace talks failure

Syria’s chief negotiator has blamed the West, Saudi Arabia and the UN for the failure of the latest round of negotiations to end the country’s civil war. Bashar al-Jaafari said the Syrian opposition – supported by Saudi Arabia – was setting a pre-condition of the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as part of discussions. As…

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US Jerusalem cross dominates Macron-Netanyahu talks

French President Emmanuel Macron has criticised a US decision to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel, while urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to end the construction of illegal settlements. In a joint press conference after meeting Netanyahu in the French capital, Macron urged the Israeli leader to negotiate with the Palestinians. “France remains convinced…

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What to ask from the next round of Syria talks

Syria’s government and opposition will start a new round of UN-brokered talks in Geneva on Tuesday, but there is little optimism for progress towards ending the seven-year conflict. After months of stalemate, the talks are expected to focus primarily on a new constitution and elections, two of the four so-called “baskets” of reforms laid out…