By Matthew Timmerman Now well into its fourth year, the crisis in Syria stands as the world’s worst refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide exactly 20 years ago. It’s believed a variety of Syria-specific circumstances have resulted in the scope of the disaster witnessed, the most notable being the nature of the stalemate. Not just any …
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll at the end of January was at least 136,227.
Opposition National Coalition Chief Ahmad Jarba said the regime had failed to show “serious commitment” during the negotiations.
Syrian opposition and regime representatives exchange accusations in Geneva II opening statements
The Syrian leader was quoted on Sunday as saying his departure is not up for discussion, in a Russian media report that his office quickly denied.
The opposition coalition voted to attend talks scheduled to begin later this week
The talks opening Wednesday are aimed at setting up a transitional government to find a way out of the brutal conflict that has killed 130,000 people and made millions homeless since March 2011.
The comments came amid ongoing tensions between Syria and Saudi Arabia, which are fiercely opposed to each other.
The meetings come as Assad’s forces appear to make gains on the ground amid deadly internal fighting in the rebellion pitting the once-dominant Islamists against resurgent fighters from groups more palatable to the West.
Egypt’s foreign minister will attend meetings regarding Syria and Palestine and Israel
The talks are scheduled for 22 January in the Swiss city, but Fabius said there were doubts over whether they would make progress towards ending the civil war that has now raged for more than two and a half years and killed more than 126,000 people.
The Islamic republic last Sunday struck a landmark deal in Geneva with Western powers on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme.
Arab Ministers meet with US Secretary of State to discuss the Middle East Peace Process
Brahimi stresses no official date has been announced yet