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Sights set for modest achievements in Syria talks

A top Syrian opposition negotiator told journalists overnight Wednesday the ``envoy is really keen to start a political process on the basis of a clear agenda.''

By: AP | Geneva |
Updated: August 11, 2020 4:20:24 pm
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The United Nations envoy to Syria is working round the clock in a bid to secure a modest victory in the fourth round of talks held in Geneva. Staffan de Mistura is due for another round of meetings Thursday marking a week of bilateral talks with the government delegation and opposition groups.

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A top Syrian opposition negotiator told journalists overnight Wednesday the “envoy is really keen to start a political process on the basis of a clear agenda.”

Nasr al-Hariri said the talks would likely culminate in a closing ceremony Friday and the parties may be back in Geneva for further discussions in a few weeks.

Setting the agenda and strategy to guide discussions has proven difficult as the main conflicting parties dig in their heels over form and semantics.

 

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