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Syrian sides agree to new UN process on constitution

May 19, 2017 - 8:26 AM

Representatives of Syria s government and opposition High Negotiations Committee are in Switzerland for the 6th round of UN backed peace negotiations but there has been no sign of progress

PEACE TALKS. The Celestial Sphere is pictured during a new round of Syria peace talks on May 16, 2017 at the United Nations Offices in Geneva. A new round of Syria peace talks opens, the latest United Nations push to resolve a six-year conflict that has killed more than 320,000 people. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Syria attack deals fresh blow to faltering peace talks

Feb 26, 2017 - 1:03 AM

The regime s envoy to the talks in Geneva says Syria would retaliate following the deadly assault claimed by former Al Qaeda affiliate Fateh al Sham Front

Syrian government forces man a checkpoint at the President square in Homs, the country's third city, on February 25, 2017 as security measures were tightened following a number of suicide attacks. Stringer/AFP

Erdogan: Turkish army close to taking ISIS-held town

Feb 12, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it is only a matter of time before the alliance of Turkish forces and rebels takes control of Al Bab

Turkey-backed-opposition fighters advance in an armoured personnel carrier on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of al-Bab in a bid to enter the city and retake control of it from the Islamic State (IS) group on February 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Saleh ABO GHALOUN

Syria regime, rebels name delegation heads to Astana talks

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:45 AM

UPDATED Talks on the nearly six year old conflict organized by Turkey Russia and Iran are set to begin on January 23 in the Kazakh capital Astana

30 dead in ISIS assault on east Syrian city

Jan 15, 2017 - 12:10 AM

The brutal attack in Deir Ezzor comes as the political opposition said it supported upcoming peace talks in Astana Kazakhstan

Syria opposition cautiously welcomes US-Russia truce plan

Sep 10, 2016 - 8:32 PM

Turkey also backs the deal saying that it was essential that the fighting stop and aid start flowing from day one of the ceasefire

US-RUSSIA DEAL. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shake hands at the conclusion of their press conference following their meeting in Geneva where they discussed the crisis in Syria on September 9, 2016. Kevin Lamarque/Pool/AFP

Syria opposition makes new push for transition

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:05 AM

The opposition s proposal during one day talks in London comes as the world s chemical weapons watchdog said it is disturbed by the alleged use of toxic chemicals in the battleground city of Aleppo

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (C) talks with members of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee, during their meeting at The Foreign Office in central London on September 7, 2016. Leon Neal/Pool/AFP

Chief Syria opposition negotiator quits over failed peace talks

May 30, 2016 - 7:37 AM

UPDATED Mohammed Alloush cites the failure of the Geneva negotiations and the continued shelling of rebel held areas by President Bashar al Assad s regime as reasons for his resignation

In this file photo, chief negotiator for the main Syrian opposition body (HCN), Army of Islam rebel group's Mohammed Alloush (2nd L) speaks with Syrian opposition body (HCN) delegation head Asaad al-Zoabi prior to a press conference of the HCN in Geneva on April 19, 2016. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UN begins major evacuation of Syria wounded as peace talks fray

Apr 21, 2016 - 9:23 AM

In Geneva the Syrian government said it was pushing on with indirect negotiations calling the opposition s freeze on its participation absurd theater

TALKS CONTINUE. Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy (2-R) Deputy Special Envoy for Syria attends a meeting with Syrian ambassador to the United Nations and Head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari (3-L) during Syria peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, April 20, 2016. Denis Balibouse/Pool/EPA

Syria ceasefire 'about to collapse' – opposition

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:55 AM

High Negotiations Committee member: Over the last 10 days we have seen a very serious deterioration and the ceasefire is about to collapse

LULL. A photograph made available on March 10, 2016 shows a man picking copper and metal from destroyed and abandoned buildings in the neighborhood of Jobar, east of Damascus, Syria, March 9, 2016. Mohammed Badra/EPA

Syria regime digs in on Assad as Hezbollah vows to fight on

Mar 22, 2016 - 11:31 AM

The UN s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura says he has pressured Damascus to outline its approach to the crucial issue of a political transition as negotiations in Geneva enter their second week

TALKS CONTINUE. General view at the opening of a new round of peace talks on Syria between the Syrian government representatives and the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, March 21, 2016. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/EPA

Syria sees 'no progress' at peace talks, blasts UN mediator

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:29 PM

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura does not have the right to put pressure on anybody and should not take anybody s side says a source close to the Syrian government

UN peace envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks with reporters in Damascus, Syria, 11 February 2015. Youssef Badawi/EPA

Syria peace talks broaden as pro-Russia opposition meet UN envoy

Mar 17, 2016 - 10:06 AM

The United Nations intensifies efforts to find a political solution to the 5 year conflict

NEGOTIATIONS. UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura (2-L) speaks with former Syrian deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil (R) and Syria's regime-tolerated opposition during a new round of negotiations of Syrian peace talks at the UN headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Philippe Desmazes/Pool/EPA

Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria as peace talks start

Mar 15, 2016 - 7:59 AM

However hopes for a breakthrough at the talks remained remote with both sides locked in a bitter dispute over the future of Syrian President Bashar al Assad

NEGOTIATING TABLE. Syrian chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari, (L), Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of the Syria to UN New York, and UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura, (R), prior a new round of negotiations between the Syrian government and U.N., at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 14, 2016. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Syria rivals clash ahead of peace talks

Mar 13, 2016 - 9:48 AM

UPDATED It cannot start with the presence of the regime or the head of this regime still in power

A poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seen during a football game between Latakia's Hutteen and Hama's Taliya as part of the Syrian league at the Tishreen Sport City Stadium in Damascus on March 4, 2016. Louai Beshara/AFP

Assad ouster 'red line' for regime – Syria FM

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Walid Muallem also says that the government delegation to the Geneva talks due to start on Monday will wait no more than 24 hours for the opposing side to arrive

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. File photo by Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Opposition to attend Syria peace talks as truce holds

Mar 12, 2016 - 2:00 PM

The Riyadh based High Negotiations Committee the main Syrian opposition grouping agrees to attend the UN backed talks

Syrians walk amidst the rubble in search for survivors following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the Maysar neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 7, 2015. More than 200,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict, which began with anti-government protests in March 2011 and escalated into a civil war. AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI

Syria opposition agrees to attend Geneva peace talks

Mar 07, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The opposition notes that the ceasefire with the Syrian regime has been making a difference

epa05198297 Syrians seen at a local market in the capital Damascus, Syria, 06 March 2016. Russian-US brokered ceasefire entered its second week the day before, having drastically reduced the death toll in this war-torn country. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI

Assad vows to 'do our part' on holding Syria ceasefire

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:12 AM

Assad says the truce provides a glimmer of hope for Syria where more than 270 000 people have been killed since the complex conflict erupted

A handout picture made available on March 1, 2016 by the Syrian Arab news agency SANA shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview given to ARD German television in Damascus, Syria, February 28, 2016. SANA/EPA

Syria truce task force meets as aid deliveries start

Mar 01, 2016 - 10:34 AM

UN humanitarian coordinator Yacoub El Hillo says he hopes the relative calm will allow aid to be distributed to 154 000 besieged people over the next 5 days

CALM. A picture taken on February 29, 2016 shows a view of the rebel held al-Shaar district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on the second day of a landmark truce across parts of the country.  Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP

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Feb 29, 2016 - 1:00 PM

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Blame game tests Syria's fragile ceasefire

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:29 PM

3rd UPDATE Washington urges all sides to be patient saying setbacks are inevitable

A picture taken on February 27, 2016 in Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, shows smoke rising from the neighboring Syrian city Tel Abyad during clashes between Islamic State (ISIS) and People's Protection Units (YPG). AFP / STR

US, Russia announce Syria ceasefire from February 27

Feb 23, 2016 - 8:44 AM

The announcement drew a conditional acceptance from the main opposition grouping and came just one day after the deadliest jihadist attack in the nearly 5 year war

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers an address on the US and Russia's agreement to enforce a ceasefire in Syria at his residence in Novo-Ogariovo, Moscow region, Russia, February 22, 2016. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin pool/EPA

Saudi, Turkey may send troops to support Syria rebels – experts

Feb 06, 2016 - 4:17 PM

Experts think members of the international coalition backing Syrian rebels are concerned enough about the situation to take action

GROUND FORCES. Experts say Saudi Arabia and Turkey may send troops to assist the Syrian rebels and prevent Russian-backed forces from gaining further ground. File photo

Syria peace talks suspended

Feb 04, 2016 - 8:34 AM

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura: I won t talk for the sake of talking

TALKS SUSPENDED. Staffan de Mistura (C), UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, speaks to the press before a round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition, outside President Wilson hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, January 3, 2016. Martial Trezzini/EPA

UN tries to get Syria peace talks back on track

Feb 03, 2016 - 4:38 PM

Staffan de Mistura s brief is to coax the warring parties in a conflict that has killed more than 260 000 people into 6 months of indirect talks in Switzerland

UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura and the Syrian opposition members of High Negotiations Committee, HCN, wait for the start of a meeting, during the Intra-Syria Talks, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

UN rights chief sounds war crimes warning as Syria peace talks struggle

Feb 01, 2016 - 9:52 PM

The UN human rights chief says those committing crimes against humanity in Syria s brutal war should not be let off under any deal as peace talks struggle in Geneva

AFTERMATH. Syrian boys run past a destroyed field hospital in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 29 October 2015. Photo by Mohammed Badra / EPA

Opposition heads to peace talks as more Syrians starve

Jan 30, 2016 - 11:47 PM

The High Negotiations Committee bows to US and Saudi pressure to at least show up in Geneva but insists it won t negotiate with Assad s regime until UN resolutions putting an end to sieges of towns are adhered to

PEACE TALKS. Representatives sit after arriving for the round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 29, 2016. Martial Trezzini/EPA

Main Syrian opposition to join Geneva peace talks

Jan 30, 2016 - 8:31 AM

Backed by external powers embroiled in Syria s war the talks are seeking to end a conflict that has killed more than 260 000 people and fueled the meteoric rise of the extremist Islamic State group

'POLITICAL PROCESS.' Satellite trucks stand in front the United Nations Office during the round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2016. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA

Syria opposition to miss start of key peace talks

Jan 29, 2016 - 8:26 AM

The Saudi backed High Negotiations Committee says it would not attend the Geneva negotiations until an agreement is reached on aid entering besieged towns

CIVIL WAR. Syrians inspect damages following an airstrike by forces loyal to the Syrian government in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, January 27, 2016. Photo by Mohammed Badra/EPA

Syria talks invitations sent as regime advances on rebels

Jan 26, 2016 - 12:22 PM

UPDATED The talks have already been delayed from their scheduled start on Monday January 25 over who will represent the opposition

A Syrian man rides a bike in the neighborhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on January 23, 2016. Abd Doumany/AFP