Syrian government ready to continue peace talks

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Damascus, July 24 (IANS) The Syrian government is ready to continue peace talks without pre-conditions in a bid to achieve a political solution to the country’s ongoing crisis, the Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday.

In a statement, the ministry said it renews its keenness to achieve a political solution that meets the aspiration of the Syrian people and enjoys the support of the UN and the international community, Xinhua news agency reported.

It added that the Syrian government was ready to continue peace talks on the crisis created by the protracted civil war without preconditions, in the hope of achieving an “inclusive solution drawn by the Syrians themselves without foreign interference”.

Several rounds of previous Syrian talks in Geneva had ended with little, but no tangible results.

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The Syrian civil war is one of the deadliest conflicts the 21st century has witnessed thus far.

Five years since the conflict began, more than 250,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, and almost 11 million Syrians — half the country’s pre-war population — have been displaced from their homes.

The government of President Bashar al-Assad currently controls the capital, Damascus, parts of southern Syria, portions of Aleppo and Deir Az Zor, much of the area near the Syrian-Lebanese border, and the northwestern coastal region. Rebel groups, the Islamic State militant group, and Kurdish forces control the rest of the country.



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