"Moment of truth" for Syria as talks recommence

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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announcing the start of talks to end the conflict which has killed more than 250,000 people. Photo: UN Photo/Anne-Laure Lechat

Talks to decide Syria's future have started and are the "moment of truth" for its people and those who want the five-year-old conflict to end, UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said Monday.

Speaking at the UN in Geneva, which is hosting the talks, de Mistura acknowledged that "much distance" remains between the warring parties.

But he insisted that there was no alternative to the discussions now under way, and that failure meant a return to war that has already left more than a quarter of a million people dead and a country in ruins.

Here's Daniel Johnson in Geneva.

Duration: 2’38″

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