government will join next round of Geneva peace talks: Syrian TV
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[February 07, 2014]
BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syria's deputy
foreign minister said on Friday the government would take part in a
second round of peace talks on Syria's civil war in the Swiss city of
Geneva, state media reported.
The 'Geneva 2' peace conference, which had its first round of
talks earlier this month, brought Syria's warring sides together for
face-to-face negotiations for the first time since the nearly
three-year-old conflict began.
State news agency SANA cited Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal as
saying the government delegation would attend the talks and demand a
discussion "article by article" of the Geneva Communique, the
document agreed by the United Nations and world powers as the basis
Much of the talks were dominated by debate over the basis of
negotiations outlined in the Geneva Comunique. The document calls
for an end to violence in a civil war that has killed over 100,000
people and the formation of a transitional government.
President Bashar al-Assad's delegates want to focus on halting
"terrorism", the term they commonly use to describe the rebels
fighting to end four decades of Assad family rule. The opposition
wants to focus on forming a transitional government which it insists
must not include Assad.
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"Restoring peace and stability throughout the Syrian Arab Republic
requires putting an end to terrorism and violence, as is said in the
Geneva communique," SANA quoted Meqdad as saying.
(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; editing by Jon Boyle)
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