Damascus skirts transition talk as Aleppo clashes intensify




 
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April 16th, 2016  
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Topic: Damascus skirts transition talk as Aleppo clashes intensify


By John Irish and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria's chief government negotiator sought on Friday to steer a new round of peace talks away from the political transition that U.N. mediators hope to promote, as increased fighting near Aleppo threatened to undermine a shaky truce. Bashar Ja'afari said his focus was to submit amendments to a framework document for the talks, prompting accusations from the head of the opposition negotiating team that Damascus was "not serious" about seeking a political solution to the five-year conflict. The Syrian government, buoyed by Russian and Iranian military support, arrived in Geneva six days after U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura had hoped to begin negotiations.




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