Assad delegation joins Geneva peace talks

Syrian government delegation arrives for Geneva UN talks

The Syrian government delegation has arrived in Geneva, Switzerland to attend a new round of talks brokered by the United Nations between the government and the opposition that will continue until December 2.

The delegation, led by Syria's ambassador to the United Nations Bachar al-Jaafari, had delayed its planned departure for the talks because of the opposition's insistence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down.

Syria's civil war is now in its seventh year and previous rounds of negotiations made virtually no progress, with no direct contact between the opposing delegations, who took turns to meet United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura.

The Swiss city of Geneva hosted 7 rounds of the intra-Syrian dialogue; the last round was concluded on July 14th. The government's position on the battlefield has strengthened dramatically since Russian Federation joined the war on Assad's behalf two years ago, raising speculation that the opposition could soften its negotiating stance.

But keeping the Assad issue off the table may also suit de Mistura, who says he wants this round to focus on a new constitution for Syria and UN-supervised elections. Today, De Mistura said that he held a useful meeting with Syrian representative office.

Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council Wednesday, Nebenzya complained that the coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters that recently liberated Raqqa from ISIS was discussing setting up governing bodies and restoring the economy without the involvement of Russia's ally, the Syrian regime.

Earlier in mass media there was information that on November 28 in Geneva, will start the eighth round of inter-Syrian negotiations without the participation of the delegation of Damascus.

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