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Kerry Welcomes Syrian Opposition Participation in Syria Peace Talks

Kerry Welcomes Syrian Opposition Participation in Syria Peace Talks
Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:20:18

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday welcomed a late decision by the main Syrian opposition coalition to take part in UN-backed talks designed to end their country’s bloody civil war.

“The United States welcomes the important decision by the High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian opposition to attend negotiations hosted by the United Nations in Geneva,” Kerry said in a statement.

“The United States also reiterates that UN Security Council Resolution 2254 must be fully implemented by all parties to the talks, including with regard to the urgent need for humanitarian access for besieged areas of Syria,” he added.

This had been a key demand of the rebel coalition, which had insisted that Syrian government forces and their Russian allies halt the bombing of besieged enclaves and allow humanitarian convoys to reach starving families.

“The United States further expects that both sides in these negotiations will participate in good faith and achieve early, measurable progress in the days ahead,” Kerry said.

Next week, Kerry is to attend a fundraising meeting with donor states in London to support humanitarian efforts to ease the plight of refugees and displaced people caught up in Syria’s civil war, AFP reported.

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