Syria peace talks delayed until Friday


GENEVA: Talks aimed at ending Syria’s brutal war will begin in Geneva on Friday, the UN mediator said, after a delay over who will represent the country’s fractious opposition. Negotiations had been scheduled to open on Monday, but UN envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters in Geneva “a stalemate” over the makeup of the delegations had forced the date back. The renewed efforts to end Syria’s war, which has killed more than 260,000 people and displaced half the country’s population, come as the conflict approaches its fifth year.



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