Government of Syria to attend next round of Geneva peace talks

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Corinne Momal-Vanian

A new round of peace talks between the warring parties in Syria will start on 10 February at the United Nations offices in Geneva.

The face to face negotiations are aimed at ending the three year conflict that has claimed over 100,000 lives and left millions of Syrians displaced or under siege.

Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the United Nations Information Service, confirmed the news on Friday.

"We have received the composition of the delegation of the government and we are still waiting for the composition of the delegation of the opposition. But both are coming and we will start on Monday morning. We expect to work the whole week and we will see how it goes."

The government delegation will be led by the Syrian Foreign Minister Mr. Walid Muallem, Ms. Vanian added.

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General released a statement through his Spokesperson on Thursday, appealing to all sides to reduce the levels of violence and focus on a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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