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01/25/2016 11:01 am ET

Syria Peace Talks Expected To Last Six Months, U.N. Says

The discussions are set to begin on Friday.
UN Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura announced talks on ending the Syrian civil war will begin on Friday and last for six months
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UN Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura announced talks on ending the Syrian civil war will begin on Friday and last for six months.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Talks on ending the war in Syria are expected to start on Friday and take six months, the U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told a news conference on Monday.

De Mistura, who hopes to send out invitations on Tuesday, said discussions about who would be invited were still ongoing. He said a first phase of talks would last 2-3 weeks, with a focus on a ceasefire, stopping Islamic State and increasing humanitarian aid. Governance, a constitutional review and future U.N. sponsored elections would also be priorities.

 

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