New round of Syria peace talks restart in Geneva

Parallel Syria peace talks brokered by Russia Iran and Turkey have taken place in Kazakhstan Astana

Last week Assad told Belarusian TV channel ONT that the Geneva talks were "merely a meeting for the media" and there had been "nothing substantial in all the Geneva meetings".

According to the mediator, who is holding separate meetings with the Government and opposition delegations, the talks would be focused on the four more-agreed issues by the sides during Geneva-V: the counter-terrorist battle, governance, elections and the Constitution.

Briefing journalists last week in Geneva, UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura stressed the "rather business-like, rather short" nature of the upcoming talks, expected to last just four days in order to "hit the iron while it's hot".

The Foreign Ministry said the allegations are a "new Hollywood plot" to justify USA intervention in Syria.

"We are extremely concerned that thousands of civilians continue to be held in government detention facilities and have grounds to believe that they are systematically subjected to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment including torture and sexual violence", Dujarric said.

Numerous bodies are then burned in the crematorium "to cover up the extent of mass murders taking place", said Stuart Jones, the top US diplomat for the Middle East, accusing President Bashar Assad's government of sinking "to a new level of depravity".

Housing Minister Yoav Galant, a former general, said Tuesday: "As far as I am concerned it is time to assassinate Assad".

He said negotiations to end the six-year conflict needed to take place "without any rest, without any break".

Syrian activists meanwhile said government forces were escalating attacks on opposition-held areas protected under a recently brokered cease-fire agreement.

Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, is keen on discussing "terrorism", a term he uses broadly to describe all adversaries.

The Observatory said two women were killed by rocket fire in a Damascus suburb and another was killed by aerial bombardment in Homs province.

The opposition has blasted these agreements as forced displacement, but the opposition said it was committed to seeing the negotiations through.

GENEVA (AP) - The Syrian opposition will seek an extension of the current round of United Nations -hosted peace talks underway in Geneva, saying Wednesday it needed more negotiating time.

"De Mistura has been working on it".

Monitoring groups, which have noted the mass executions, have not verified the crematorium allegation.

Relatives of detained Syrians - some of them imprisoned in Saydnaya - gathered outside the United Nations in Geneva Wednesday, carrying portraits of their missing loved ones and tearfully writing their names on long strips of paper.

De Mistura hoped all the delegations would desist from set piece press conferences, which he clearly feels lead to delegations making inflexible statements that impede private reconciliation.

Delegations are expected to arrive in Geneva on Monday, a day before the talks start.

And that is why Bashar al-Assad is frightened of this process.

Meslet says the proposal involved "the constitutional frame" for an eventual transition period in Syria.

It described the allegations as "lies" and "fabrications", noting what it called a USA track record of using false claims as a pretext for military aggression.



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