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Syrian opposition announces to attend peace talks in Karzakhstan

 

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The Syrian opposition has announced that it will be attend the peace talks sponsored by and in Kazakhstan in next week. This is a major step in the latest attempt to end the six-year civil war in Syria.

The talks, expected to take place from 23 January. The opposition’s High Negotiations Committee said it would support the talks, and Mohammed Alloush, its lead negotiator, confirmed that a delegation would be attending.

“All the rebel groups are going to Astana. Everyone has agreed,” said Alloush, a leading figure in the Jaish al-Islam rebel group, in an interview with AFP. “Astana is a process to end the bloodletting by the regime and its allies. We want to end this series of crimes.”

The talks are the first serious effort in months to put an end to the carnage in Syria, killing nearly half a million people, displaced half its population and left much of the country in ruins.

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