UN Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has reported today that the joint US-Russian efforts to start Syrian peace talks have borne fruit, and that Syria’s government and rebels are preparing for June peace talks.
The talks haven’t been specifically dated yet, but will take place in Geneva, according to Brahimi. He dubbed the meeting “Geneva 2,” a reference to the previous Geneva Plan from last summer.
The announcement suggests a major change in at least some part of Syria’s rebellion, as earlier this month they had angrily rejected the calls for talks, saying there was nothing to talk about unless Syrian President Bashar Assad resigns unconditionally. Syrian rebel factions are due to meet in Istanbul on Thursday, and the announced change is expected to come then.
Still, it remains to be seen who in the rebellion is on board now, and whether the talks will give way to any sort of ceasefire in anticipation of a settlement. At present the fighting shows no signs of letting up.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Turkey Threatens to Attack Syrian Town Held by US Troops - March 20th, 2018
- Senate Votes to Kill Bill Challenging Legality of Yemen War - March 20th, 2018
- US Claims ISIS 'Rebuilding' in Syria as Turkey Invasion Distracts From Fight - March 19th, 2018
- Turkey's Erdogan Vows Wider Offensive Against US-Backed Syrian Kurds - March 19th, 2018
- Russia Demands British Apology as EU, NATO Express Solidarity With Britain - March 19th, 2018