Russian Federation hails UN's decision on de Mistura's participation in Sochi Congress

27 January, 2018, 20:26 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Envoy of the Secretary General for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks

According to Yehya Al-Alridi, spokesman of the opposition delegation, the opposition wants to see the determination of both sides to implement the United Nations resolution through the talks.

Like in eight previous rounds in Geneva, the SNC and Syrian government representatives held separate talks with United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura but the two delegations did not meet face to face.

The Syrian Dialogue Congress, set to take place in Sochi on January 30, is expected to gather more than 1,500 representatives of Syrian society: opposition and pro-government forces, as well as representatives of Syria's numerous ethnic and religious groups and the delegations from states participating in the peace process, with the United Nations and several regional and worldwide organizations present as observers.

The previous attempts stumbled in particular over the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with the government delegation refusing to meet the opposition face-to-face until they drop demands that he leaves office.

UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura said that the talks are being held at a "very, very critical" time.

The talks will last for two days.

IOS 11.3 Announced with Battery Management, New Emoji, Health Records, More
The iOS 11.3 update is expected to be available from during Spring, or March to May, Channel NewsAsia understands. Notably, the new version also packs up specific vital features that enhance the performance of iPhone's battery.

It proposed the "congress" to bring together some 1,600 Syrian representatives from all sides to begin drawing up a new constitution for the post-war period.

Two weeks ago, Turkey launched air strikes and shelling against Kurdish militias in northern Syria, marking a unsafe new escalation in the conflict.

The Sochi congress will be held on January 29 and 30.

France's foreign minister said on Wednesday there was no perspective of a political solution for other than UN-led peace talks in, which he said were the "last hope".

Sources from the Commission said that the two-day Vienna meeting will serve as a real test for the regime and Russians in determining whether they are serious in reaching a solution to the Syrian conflict.

"All of them have participated in the bloodshed of the Syrian people", he said of the five nations, blasting the U.S. as the country "that created ISIS" and adding that Saudi Arabia was anything but a "beacon of freedom in the east". According to Jaafari, it undermines the Geneva process and Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi.



Peace Plan Presented to Israelis, Palestinians
But the move has infuriated the Palestinians, with whom Pence is not meeting, and upset America's Arab allies as well. Speaking in Davos, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said only the United States could broker a peace deal.

Bank of America faces backlash for ending free checking
Free checking is still available, you just have to know where to look. "I don't expect that's going to change anytime soon". The diminished corporate tax rate of 21% (down from 35%) will save Bank of America an estimated $2.7 billion this year.

US relationship as strong as ever - May
But Grisham said earlier this week that the first lady would no longer make the trip due to "scheduling and logistical issues". Seeking to rebut claims of a rift, Trump insisted that he and May are "of the same wavelength, I think, in every respect".

North Korea could trigger nuclear arms race, Central Intelligence Agency director warns
He also cast doubt on whether Kim is well-briefed enough on developments to make wise decisions. Pompeo added that United States spies could easily miss an nuclear weapon transactions.

30% tariff makes going solar more expensive
And Trump has demanded the renegotiation of a US-South Korea free trade agreement, which he has slammed as a "job killer". The Trump administration has blamed the five-year-old deal for the growing US trade deficit with South Korea.

Rare 'Super Blue Blood Moon' to take place on January 31
The total eclipse begins at 6.21pm, shortly after, the moon will take on a copper-red tint as it rises above the eastern horizon. The second type is Monthly Blue Moon , known as the second Full Moon in a Georgian month as opposed to the usual one Full Moon.

United States says America First can co-exist with foreign partnerships
Independent Co UK French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to shut all of his country's coal-fired power plants by 2021. The event was co-ordinated with a series of pledges amounting to $3 billion from companies including Toyota.

Oil climbs above $65 for first time in more than three years
Gasoline inventories rose by 3.1 million barrels and stocks of distillate fuels, which include diesel, were up by 639,000 barrels. West Intermediate Texas (WTI) futures were also trading higher, by $1.01, or 1.59%, at $64.58/Bbl at 11.14 a.m. (EST).

Campaign complaint filed over reported Trump porn star payment
Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen has denied that any sexual encounter between his client and the adult film star took place. Trump has not publicly addressed the allegations of the encounter with Daniels , whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Cardinals Nearing Deal With Steve Wilks; Brian Flores Out Of Mix
He was, though, an assistant head coach for three seasons - two while he was a defensive backs coach and last season as DC. Wilks, 48, spent last season as defensive coordinator of the Panthers after five seasons as the team's secondary coach.