Sunday, January 31, 2016

Syrian Peace Talks Continue As The War Continues

New York Times: Syria Peace Talks Inch Ahead as Bloodshed Continues

GENEVA — As a suicide attack killed more than 40 people near a revered shrine in Syria on Sunday and government forces pummeled a besieged town, peace talks inched forward in Geneva, where a reluctant opposition delegation met for the first time with a United Nations mediator.

With that step, opposition delegates signaled new, if tenuous, hope that the Geneva talks could bring a modicum of progress on their immediate demands: an end to starvation sieges and indiscriminate bombings, and the release of prisoners.

There were signs that the Syrian government and opposition were exploring avenues for progress on those issues, even as the violence around the Syrian capital, Damascus, served as a reminder of the powerful forces opposing any compromise.

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More News On The Syrian Peace Talks

Dozens killed by bombs in Syria, clouding UN peace session -- AP
Islamic State attack on Damascus shrine overshadows Syrian peace talks -- Sydney Morning Herald
Syria peace talks hit trouble after deadly Damascus blast -- France 24
Syrian Peace Talks Face High Hurdles as Conflict Rages Unabated -- Bloomberg
Discord intensifies at Syria talks after dozens killed in Damascus blasts -- The Guardian
Syria opposition considers U.N. offer after 'positive' talks -- Reuters
UN Envoy, Syrian Opposition Say Discussions 'Positive' -- VOA
Syria peace talks struggle as US says 'seize moment' -- AFP
Kerry urges Syrian peace talks to continue despite attack -- Reuters
Kerry: Syria conflict the worst since World War II -- CBS/AP

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