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UN hosts 'critical' Syria peace talks in Vienna

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:39 PM

The two days of talks in Vienna come after 8 previous rounds in Geneva, during which the two sides failed to even meet each other

PEACE TALKS. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura (C) looks on before the start of talks on Syria in Vienna on January 25, 2018. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

UN blames Damascus for 'golden opportunity missed' at Syria peace talks

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:42 AM

Staffan de Mistura, UN envoy for Syria, says 'we did not have real negotiations,' blaming in particular the government delegation's apparent lack of interest in discussing anything besides the fight against 'terrorism'

UN restarts Syria peace talks but Assad regime absent

Nov 28, 2017 - 9:48 AM

The 8th round of talks is seen as a chance for the UN to revitalize its push to end the 6-year war, which has killed more than 340,000 people and left Syria in ruin

PEACE EFFORTS. In this file photo, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir (R) sits next to UN special envoy for Syria crisis Staffan de Mistura (C) during the Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh, on November 22, 2017. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

UN Syria envoy hails small gains in latest peace talks

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:29 AM

United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura plans to convene an 8th round of talks in early September and instructs all sides including the regime to be ready to tackle the flashpoint issue of political transition

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Quiet as southern Syria ceasefire begins ahead of talks

Jul 10, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The Britain based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says clashes and shelling have halted in the 3 southern provinces covered by the truce: Daraa Quneitra and Sweida

Syria peace talks restart in Geneva

May 16, 2017 - 10:56 AM

UPDATED Five previous rounds of UN backed negotiations fail to yield concrete results and hopes for a major breakthrough remain dim

STAFFAN DE MISTURA. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/ AFP

UN-backed Syria peace talks to restart in Geneva

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:16 PM

On the agenda for this round are issues of governance – a political transition the constitution and elections as well as counter terrorism at the request of Damascus

IN RUINS. A picture taken on March 22, 2017 shows a general view of destruction in the Syrian town of Suran in the countryside of the central province of Hama, which was taken by rebel forces after an offensive started the day prior. Omar haj kadour/AFP

Peace talks produce 'clear agenda' for war-scarred Syria

Mar 04, 2017 - 8:34 AM

The Geneva negotiations the first since last April are the latest effort to seek to end a conflict that began in March 2011 with protests against Syrian President Bashar al Assad

PEACE TALKS. UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura shows a picture during a press conference as part of the Intra-Syrian peace talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, on March 3, 2017. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Russia wants terrorism on agenda of Syria talks

Feb 28, 2017 - 8:49 PM

Moscow a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al Assad wants the issue added to an agenda which for the moment focuses on three areas: governance constitution and elections

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. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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

UN peace talks on Syria delayed until February 20 – diplomats

Feb 01, 2017 - 12:39 AM

The talks in Geneva had been scheduled to begin on February 8 but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week announced they would be delayed without providing reasons

POSTPONED? Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) meets with representatives of Syria's political opposition (bottom) in Moscow on January 27, 2017. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/ AFP

Russia's Lavrov to meet Syria political opposition in Moscow

Jan 25, 2017 - 7:41 PM

A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry could not say which groups from Syria s dizzying array of opposition – some of whom are dismissed by rebels fighting on the ground as not genuine – would be represented

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart in Moscow on January 23, 2017.  Photo by Alexander Nemenov / AFP

UN pleads for Syria aid access after truce extended

Sep 16, 2016 - 8:41 AM

UPDATED Russia s ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin says Moscow wants a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the deal

TRUCE EXTENDED. A Syrian boy carries a toy gun past a destroyed building in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on September 13, 2016 as a truce brokered by Russia and the United States saw guns fall silent at sundown the previous night. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

US and Russia tussle over Syria deal as regime strikes

Sep 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM

5th UPDATE The talks will focus on reducing violence expanding humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people and moving toward a political solution needed to end the civil war

 PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on August 26, 2016, as they met in Geneva for an expected push towards resuming peace talks for war-ravaged Syria. File photo by Martial Trezzini/AFP

US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks

Aug 27, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Moscow and Washington support opposite sides in the Syrian conflict which erupted in March 2011 after President Bashar al Assad unleashed a brutal crackdown against a pro democracy revolt

TALKS RESUME. This file photio from the US Department of State shows US Secretary of State John Kerry looking out of a window next to US and Russian national flags, before a meeting with his Russian counterpart, at the Radisson Blu hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, January 20, 2016. Handout photo from the US Department of State/EPA

Kerry, Lavrov meet on Syria conflict

Aug 26, 2016 - 5:00 PM

3rd UPDATE Successive rounds of international negotiations have failed to end a conflict that has killed more than 290 000 people and forced millions from their homes in more than 5 years

TALKS RESUME. This file photio from the US Department of State shows US Secretary of State John Kerry looking out of a window next to US and Russian national flags, before a meeting with his Russian counterpart, at the Radisson Blu hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, January 20, 2016. Handout photo from the US Department of State/EPA

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

Aid convoy to Syria's besieged Daraya refused entry

May 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED The aid convoy was supposed to deliver baby milk as well as medical and school supplies says the Red Cross

Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016.  The Syrian army said late on May 4 that it had agreed to calls from Russia and the United States for a two-day truce in Aleppo that would begin from 1:00 am on May 5.  Renewed fighting in recent days, especially in and around Aleppo, had threatened the full collapse of the February 27 ceasefire agreement, a landmark in attempts to finally resolve a conflict that has left more than 270,000 dead. / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI

'Revitalize' Syria ceasefire before peace talks resume – UN envoy

Apr 28, 2016 - 10:07 AM

The UN s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura says he plans to hold another round of peace talks next month but called for a ceasefire to be revitalized before setting a date

A picture taken on April 26, 2016 shows the name of the Syrian government delegation before a meeting between UN Syria envoy and the Syrian government delegation, during Syria Peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva. Denis Balibouse/Pool/AFP

Syria opposition seeks peace talks pause as fighting surges

Apr 18, 2016 - 6:02 PM

A truce agreed in February dramatically curtailed violence across much of Syria but fighting has surged in recent days around second city Aleppo causing tens of thousands to flee

PEACE TALKS. UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (L) and Syrian opposition Deputy Head George Sabra (2-R) and Asaad Al-Zoubi (R), head of the Syrian opposition delegation, wait prior a meeting, during the Intra-Syria Talks, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016. Photo by Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Syria truce strained on eve of fresh peace talks

Apr 12, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Concern has been growing that a recent rise in violence focused mainly in Aleppo province which borders Turkey is putting intense strain on the ceasefire

NEW TALKS. A handout picture made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) showing Syrian Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem (R) meeting with UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura (L) in Damascus, Syria, April 11, 2016. De Mistura is visiting Syria ahead of a new round of peace talks on the Syrian conflict that will begin on April 13. EPA/SANA HANDOUT

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

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

UN calls for Syria elections in 18 months

Mar 11, 2016 - 7:59 PM

UPDATED A plan agreed by world powers last year called for 6 months of negotiations followed by a transitional government a new constitution and elections within 18 months

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 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

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

Syrian peace talks in disarray again

Feb 02, 2016 - 10:15 PM

UPDATED The Syrian government denies formal peace negotiations had begun and the opposition cancelled a meeting with the UN envoy

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

Syria peace talks struggling

Feb 01, 2016 - 9:13 AM

The UN special envoy for Syria fought to keep alive the biggest diplomatic push yet to end the Syrian war as Washington urged both sides in fragile peace talks to seize the moment

IN LIMBO. Syrian children pose for a photo at Azraq Syrian refugee camp, Jordan, January 30, 2016. Jamal Nasrallah/EPA

Syria peace talks in peril before they even start

Jan 31, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Representatives from the umbrella body for mainstream opposition groups are refusing for now to enter the hoped for talks with President Bashar al Assad s government

CONFLICT. A line of Syrian refugee women and children cross into Jordan from southern Syria. File photo by N. Daoud/UNHCR

Syria talks: Global powers pull in many directions

Jan 31, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Interests of regional and global powers come into play as the crisis in Syria deepens

epa05133074 Protesters of Planet Syria wearing masks depicting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US President Barack Obama, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, from left, serve a siege soup on the start of Syrian Peace talks, during the round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, 29 January 2016. Syria's long-awaited peace talks, set to start 29 January in Geneva, have been thrown in doubt as a Saudi-based opposition group appears hesistant to attend. The United Nations (UN) has said that the internationally backed negotiations will go ahead as scheduled. But the opposition's Saudi-based Higher Negotiations Committee said it would not go to Geneva and would hold further internal discussions in the capital Riyadh to make a final decision on participating in the UN-sponsored talks. EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI

UN insists shaky Syria peace talks to go ahead

Jan 29, 2016 - 9:26 PM

The talks are the biggest push yet to end a conflict that has killed more than 260 000 people and facilitated the meteoric rise of the extremist ISIS group

GENEVA TALKS. Protesters of Planet Syria wearing masks depicting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US President Barack Obama, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, from left, serve a siege soup on the start of Syrian Peace talks, during the round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2016. Photo by Martial Trezzini/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

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Dec 25, 2015 - 7:54 PM

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Syria says ready to enter new peace talks

Dec 25, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem says Syria is waiting to receive a list of terrorist organizations that would not be allowed to participate in the talks

Syrian government forces monitor an area near the village of Khan Tuman, south from the provincial capital Aleppo, on December 22, 2015, two days after army units and other pro-regime forces recaptured several areas in the north of the country from Islamist forces, including Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham brigade. Khan Tuman was the scene of fierce clashes between loyalist forces, including fighters of Lebanon's Shiite militia Hezbollah, and Islamist rebels, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIAN / AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN

US blames Assad regime 'obstruction' for Syria talks breakdown

Feb 17, 2014 - 1:00 AM

The peace talks broke off with no result at the end of a second round of negotiations seeking an end to the brutal 3 year old conflict

UN 'sorry' as Syria talks break off in failure

Feb 15, 2014 - 8:26 PM

UPDATED A second round of peace talks between Syria s warring sides broke off Saturday February 15 without making any progress

Homs evacuations resume as Syria peace talks falter

Feb 13, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Government and opposition delegations again met face to face on day three of the second round of talks in Switzerland but the government side refused even to discuss a transition plan put forward by the opposition

MERCY MISSION. A convoy of ambulances and trucks carrying food and medical supply offered by the Red Crescent and UN drives through the city of Homs, Syria, 10 February 2014. EPA/Stringer

Aid mission to Syria's Homs on hold, peace talks falter

Feb 12, 2014 - 7:46 AM

The tone at a second round of peace talks that began in Geneva on Monday has so far kept expectations of a breakthrough low

MERCY MISSION. A convoy of ambulances and trucks carrying food and medical supply offered by the Red Crescent and UN drives through the city of Homs, Syria, 10 February 2014. EPA/Stringer

Aid mission in Syria's Homs extended as talks resume

Feb 11, 2014 - 7:38 AM

UPDATED The humanitarian exit operation is part of a deal brokered by the United Nations between the regime and the Syrian opposition after months of negotiations

MERCY MISSION. A convoy of ambulances and trucks carrying food and medical supply offered by the Red Crescent and UN drives through the city of Homs, Syria, 10 February 2014. EPA/Stringer

Aid enters Syrian city despite attack

Feb 09, 2014 - 7:18 AM

The long delayed humanitarian mission was in its second day after the evacuation of 83 children women and elderly people who have survived more than 600 days under a choking army blockade

MUCH-NEEDED VISITORS. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 8, 2014, allegedly shows a convoy of United Nations and Syrian Red Crescent vehicles waiting to enter the regime-held areas of the Syrian city of Homs. SANA/Handout/AFP

Regime threatens to quit troubled Syria peace talks

Jan 24, 2014 - 8:44 PM

UPDATED The Syrian government is threatening to quit peace talks in Geneva accusing the opposition of being neither serious nor prepared for negotiations

END OF TALKS? Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Muqdad speaks to journalists at the "Geneva II" peace talks on January 24, 2014 at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Bitter exchanges as Syria peace talks open

Jan 22, 2014 - 9:27 PM

Short term deals are expected as not one of the parties are considering serious concessions

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Syria rebels besiege Qaeda-linked jihadists

Jan 07, 2014 - 10:43 AM

The new front in Syria s increasingly complex civil war opened less than three weeks away from a planned peace conference

Watchdog meets on Syria chemical arsenal destruction plan

Nov 15, 2013 - 10:09 PM

The world s chemical weapons watchdog met to approve a final timetable for destroying Syria s arsenal by mid 2014

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 26, 2013 allegedly shows a UN inspector (C) listening to the testimony of a man in the Damascus subburb of Moadamiyet al-Sham. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE

Deadly bombs hit Syria cities after peace talks flop

Nov 07, 2013 - 12:30 AM

UPDATED The latest upsurge of violence in Syria came a day after Washington and Moscow failed to announce a date for proposed peace talks

BLAST SCENE. A handout photo made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows damage at al-Hejaz square in Damascus, Syria, 06 November 2013. According to SANA, eight civilians have been killed and 50 others wounded in the blast in al-Hejaz Square. EPA/SANA Handout

Syria peace talks in doubt over opposition rifts

Oct 20, 2013 - 7:01 PM

Syrian peace talks could be held November 23 but not without credible opposition participation