Geneva talks to begin with Syria regime delegation

The Assad's regime delegation, headed by (Syria's UN ambassador) Bashar al-Jaafari, has arrived to the Geneva airport

Geneva talks to begin with Syria regime delegation

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Syrian regime delegation to UN-brokered peace talks arrived in Geneva on Friday afternoon, while the attendance of key opposition figures remained unclear.

"The regime delegation, headed by (Syria's UN ambassador) Bashar al-Jaafari, has arrived to the Geneva airport," the source said. 

According to the source, the delegation includes 16 Syrian regime figures, including two members of parliament as well as representatives from the foreign ministry. 

Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Moqdad will oversee talks from Damascus. 

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura will launch the talks on Friday afternoon with a meeting with the regime delegation. 

"He will continue meetings with other participants in the talks and with representatives of the civil society subsequently," the UN said in a statement. 

The High Negotiations Committee, an alliance of mainstream Syrian opposition groups, met on Friday for the fourth day in the Saudi capital. 

The HNC has yet to announce whether it will join the talks. 

Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011 with anti-regime protests but evolved into a complex civil war that has killed more than 260,000 people. 

Previous efforts at putting a stop to the violence have failed, but world powers have thrown their weight behind this round of talks, the first in two years. 

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