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Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a conflict that has killed over 250,000 people and forced more than half of all Syrians to leave their homes. An estimated four million Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries alone, including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The crisis, described as the worst humanitarian disaster of our time, had caused untold suffering for Syrian men, women and children.
The United Nations had been working tirelessly to bring the parties to the negotiating table and an end to the war. The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, announced the start of Intra-Syrian Talks in Geneva on 29 January 2016. These talks were expected to last six months, with regular breaks between sessions.
Euro|Topics suggested that the main Syrian opposition coalition the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) planned to boycott the peace talks in Geneva until its humanitarian demands were met. Were the talks doomed to fail?
Later on the 29 January 2016 the BBC reported that the HNC would attend the meeting, although they would not negotiate with the Syrian government.
The Debates feature from Euro|Topics offers English (+ French and German) translations of a selections of articles in European news sources on this topic.
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The UN special envoy for Syria announced on the 3 February 2016 a 'temporary pause' until 25 February 2016 in the troubled talks in Geneva.
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