Syrian Rebels See ‘Less’ Ceasefire Violations, Undecided on Peace Talks

UN Hopes Next Round of Talks Will Start Monday

With the Syria ceasefire holding, the plan is to see the next round of UN brokered peace talks begin on Monday in Geneva. As usual, the rebels’ intentions are the question looming largest on the talks.

After a solid week of condemning the ceasefire and insisting there were massive, undocumented violations, rebel leaders are now saying there are “less” violations, and see that as an encouraging sign. That doesn’t mean they’re going to attend the Geneva talks, however.

Rebels from the HNC, one of the major rebel negotiating factions, say they simply haven’t decided on whether or not they’d attend the talks, but do say there is a chance they will decide “very soon.” They said they like the idea of a talk on “political transition” at the start of the conference.

The last UN-brokered talks saw the HNC issuing a series of preconditions, then arriving in Geneva a day after the talks were scheduled to start to inform the UN that they weren’t really “attending” the conference.

Author: Jason Ditz

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