Scant hope of Syria peace breakthrough as Russia pounds rebels




 
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Scant hope of Syria peace breakthrough as Russia pounds rebels
 
February 10th, 2016  
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Topic: Scant hope of Syria peace breakthrough as Russia pounds rebels


Scant hope of Syria peace breakthrough as Russia pounds rebels
By John Irish and Louis Charbonneau PARIS/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Major powers meeting in Germany on Thursday aim to revive Syria peace efforts, but with Russia backing a government push for a military victory, opposition delegates and Western officials see little hope of a diplomatic breakthrough. United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura halted the first attempt to negotiate an end to Syria's war in two years after an unprecedented offensive by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against Western-backed rebels supported by Russian air strikes. In an attempt to prevent a collapse of diplomatic efforts to end Syria's five-year-old civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a ceasefire and increased humanitarian aid access ahead of a meeting of the so-called International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in Munich this week.




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