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Syria peace talks end on a positive note, says UN

Syria peace talks end on a positive note, says UN

Syria peace talks end on a positive note, says UN

The Syrian government delegation has accused the main opposition group at UN-led negotiations of holding the talks "hostage" in their final hours, adding that it would hold the opposition responsible for any failure.

The opposition has been hesitant to add "terrorism" to the agenda over fears that the government would use it to sideline discussions on political transition - the opposition's central goal.

"This did not come as a surprise to us because some members of the Riyadh delegation include members of armed terrorist groups".

"We have been able to impose a rational and reasonable agenda that serves the high interest of the Syrian people", added Jaafari, noting that the topic that was highly focused on is that of fighting terrorism, SANA news agency reported.

Speaking to reporters after another long day of meetings, the envoy called the round of talks "substantive" and said the parties had agreed to return later in March to discuss four points - governance, constitution, elections and counter-terrorism.

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura. However, the UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said that although there was no clear conclusion in Geneva, he was more positive than during previous rounds.

The UN-sponsored Syrian peace talks concluded in Geneva with an agreement from the conflicting parties to pursue further talks on a political transition to end the crisis.

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The fourth round of talks on the Syrian conflict in Geneva ended with the modest hope that the two sides to the conflict realise that dialogue is the only viable option left to settle the six-year old conflict, which left almost half-a-million people dead, hundreds of thousands injured and no less than 11 million Syrians either displaced or refugees.

The talks, that included a delegation representing the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad and three opposition groups, were the first to be held in more than a year.

"This is a war of six years where people were not even looking at each other".

Moscow, he said, was "very active" in backing the United Nations peace process and Ankara and Tehran were also supportive.

Damascus sought a unified Syrian opposition.

Chief opposition negotiator Nasr al-Hariri said, "Although we are closing this round without clear results".

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