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Syrian hopes raised amid ongoing Geneva peace talks

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Robert Carter
Press TV, Geneva

A 2-day meet at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva between the rival Syrian delegations appears to have succeed in making some minor progress as, for the first time since the war began, the divided Syrians held face-to-face talks.

The Constitutional Committee Body which includes some 150 members, all of whom are Syrian, announced an agreement had been reached on an agenda and the composition of the 45-member drafting group which will meet again this week to further the talks.

“The formation of Syria’s constitutional committee and its inception in Geneva on October 30th was the culmination of over two years of efforts by the three guarantor states of the Syria Peace Process. Iran, Russia and Turkey, who initiated the Astana process in January 2017 on the back of a Syria-wide ceasefire between the government and armed groups.”

Despite the promising signs coming out of Geneva. Syria remains a troubled country, with fighting still raging in the North. 

I managed to sit down with a Syrian analyst to find out how hopeful Syrians were about the future.

Some critics had accused Russia and Iran of meddling in the talks, a point rebuked by supporters of Damascus. 

These talks are expected to be slow-paced and long-winded, but the fact that the warring sides are willing to meet shows a change of attitude, meaning hope has now returned to Syria.

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