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Saturday 19 October 2019

Syria 'to take part in peace talks'

Syrian President Bashar Assad has agreed to his government attending a peace conference in Geneva, Russia says
Syrian President Bashar Assad has agreed to his government attending a peace conference in Geneva, Russia says

The Syrian government has agreed to a conference on the country's future proposed by Russia and the United States, Russia's foreign ministry says.

The Syrian government had "agreed in principle" to participate in the conference in Geneva which is expected within two weeks, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in televised remarks.

Mr Lukashevich, however, said that it was impossible to set the date for the conference at this point because there is "no clarity about who will speak on behalf of the opposition and what powers they will have".

Opposition groups have spoken against President Bashar Assad's representatives taking part.

Mr Lukashevich also said Moscow "was not encouraged" by the results of recent meetings of members of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.

More than 70,000 people have been killed and several million displaced since the uprising against Mr Assad erupted in March 2011 and escalated into a civil war.

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