Peace talks in Geneva to end the five year war in Syria continues

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March 19, 2016
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Peace talks in Geneva to end the five year war in Syria entered their second week on Monday.

After the meeting UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura addressed the press, and responded to the Syrian government’s chief negotiator Bashar Jaafari’s contention that they were not getting responses to their written proposal on the principles for the political process — and supposedly stalling the negotiations.

De Mistura said “they are right, they didn’t, because their paper has been shared with the opposition, but at the end of the day if we start having an exchange of papers we would just have a public exchange of papers. What we need here is a common understanding that is exactly what negotiations are all about.”

De Mistura explained again that the Syrian opposition will provide some ideas and then based on those he could see to “whether there is some common ground for negotiations.”

The Special Envoy insisted again that the only groups that could be defined as being of terrorists, for the purposes of these UN-sponsored talks, were those explicitly listed as terrorist groups by the UN Security Council. He said “the rest is a personal opinion or a government opinion but not the UN opinion.”

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