UN sets Syria peace talks target date of January 25

Smoke billows following a reported airstrike by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 7, 2015The UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, hopes to convene talks between the government of President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition on January 25 in Geneva, his office said Saturday. De Mistura has “intensified efforts” towards convening the talks on the target date, hopefully including the “broadest possible spectrum” of opposition representatives, the statement said. Last week, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing a proposed peace plan to bring the regime and opposition together for talks in January.

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