New round of Syria talks to be held in New York

Syrians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported air strikes by regime forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 30, 2015A new round of international talks on ending the war in Syria will be held in New York, just weeks before the planned start of a ceasefire and peace negotiations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday. “Member-states are very closely coordinating to have the third Vienna process meeting here in New York,” Ban told reporters. Diplomats from 17 countries have held two meetings in Vienna to agree on a roadmap to end the nearly five-year war in Syria that has left 250,000 dead and triggered a refugee crisis in Europe.

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