Syria peace talks hit trouble after Damascus blast kills 60




 
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Syria peace talks hit trouble after Damascus blast kills 60
 
January 31st, 2016  
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Syria peace talks hit trouble after Damascus blast kills 60
By Tom Miles and John Irish GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria's main opposition group met U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura for the first time on Sunday, but the talks ran straight into trouble after Islamic State bombers killed over 60 people near the country's holiest Shi'ite shrine. Representatives of the Saudi-backed Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC), which includes political and militant opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, warned they may yet walk away from the Geneva talks unless the suffering of civilians in the five-year conflict is eased. The Syrian government's chief delegate retorted that the blasts in Damascus, which the Interior Ministry blamed on a car bomb and two suicide bombers, merely confirmed the link between the opposition and terrorism - even though Islamic State has been excluded from the talks.




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