#AceWorldNews says Syria’s government will participate in the second round of peace talks in the Swiss city of Geneva, state television reported.
“The participation of the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic in the Geneva conference in the second round of talks next Monday has been decided,” Reuters quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad as saying on Friday.
#AceWorldNews says The Syrian government and opposition delegations resumed face-to-face talks at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva on Sunday.
They are expected to discuss humanitarian issues, such as the release of women and child prisoners, with a list of names provided by the opposition.
The talks are being mediated by UN-Arab League peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, who is seeking to put an end to the three-year-long domestic conflict.
He said the weekend talks will focus on “confidence building measures” aimed at establishing a positive atmosphere before more difficult political talks on Monday.
Published time: January 24, 2014 17:14
Edited time: January 24, 2014 17:46
Syria’s government and opposition delegations have agreed to hold direct talks on Saturday, UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said, adding that the two sides recognize the principles of the Geneva 1 communique.
“Tomorrow we have agreed that we shall meet in same room,“ Brahimi told a news conference after he held separate meetings with government and opposition delegations in Geneva. “Both parties will be here tomorrow…they will not leave on Saturday or Sunday,” he said, adidng the discussions were “encouraging.”
The envoy acknowledged, however, that core matters are yet to be discussed and that the resolution of the conflict will not be without its challenges. “I hope that they will go smoothly…we do expect some bumps on the road,” he said.”It’s impossible that there aren’t any in a situation like this.”
Saturday’s meeting will focus on the humanitarian situation in Syria and accessing blocked areas. The talks will be based on the Geneva 1 communique – the June 2012 statement by world powers which called for the two sides to agree on the establishment of a transitional body. Brahimi stated that it is clear to both sides that the “meat” of the conference would be how do implement the dispositions of the Geneva Communique, while noting that “there are different interpretations on some of those items”.
“I think the two sides understand that very well and accept it,” Brahimi said.
Anas al-Absah, an opposition delegate told Reuters after Brahimi’s statements: “We are satisfied with Mr. Brahimi’s statement today and that the regime has accepted Geneva 1 (communique). And on this basis we will meet the Assad delegation tomorrow morning. It will be a short session in which only Brahimi will speak, to be followed by another session, a longer session in the afternoon.”
#AceBreakingNews says Damascus confirms its participation in #Geneva2Convention and the #Peace talks
The Syrian government has officially confirmed its participation in the Geneva 2 peace conference. Damascus had formally informed about this in a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Deputy Official Representative of the UN Secretary General, Farhan Haq said. The Geneva 2 international peace conference on Syria starts on January 22 in Montreux, Switzerland.
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#AceWorldNews says with the start of the #Geneva2Convention just around the corner on January 22, this is not what we want to hear………………………………………………………..
EuroNews reports as and according to Damascus had agreed to hand over some of its most deadly toxins from the Syrian port of Latakia on December 31, but failed to show.
Officials from the ‘Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ had expected the deadline to be missed.
“We understand that a number of factors have added up which have made the Syrian authorities unable to meet this December 31 deadline – the poor weather in certain parts of Syria is one of these factors and, of course, the volatility of the security situation,” explained OPCWspokesman Christian Chartier.
The December date was supposed to have been the first milestone of a deal brokered by the US and Russia to rid Syria of its chemical weapons arsenal by June 2014.
In a separate development, an anti-President Bashar al-Assad monitoring group based in Britain estimates that at least 130,000 people have been killed in the conflict since it began in March 2011.
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