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Damascus ready to attend talks; opposition remains undecided

8 March 2016 8:42


Syria has announced its readiness to attend the peace talks slated to resume next week, while the Saudi-backed opposition is still undecided whether to partake in the sessions.

A source close to the Damascus negotiating team said the Syrian delegates are set to participate in the negotiations that will resume in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 14, AFP reported.

However, Riyad Farid Hijab, the head of the so-called High Negotiations Committee (HNC), continued to send mixed signals on the Riyadh-based opposition’s participation and said it “will assess the situation in the coming days and we will take the appropriate decision.”

His statements appeared to be a step back from earlier comments by HNC spokesman Riad Naasan Agha, who had said the opposition delegation would arrive in Geneva on Friday to take part in the talks.

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