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Damascus will decide whether to return to peace talks-ambassador

GENEVA, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The Syrian government will need to decide whether to return to peace talks adjourned by the United Nations envoy on Wednesday, its chief delegate said, accusing the opposition of pulling out because it was losing the fight on the ground.
“The military developments on the ground were crucial. Notice that the (opposition) decision of withdrawal came after opening the road to Nubul and Zahraa,” Syria’s U.N. ambassador Bashar al-Ja'afari said, referring to the Syrian army and its allies having broken a three-year rebel siege of two Shi'ite towns in northern Aleppo province. (reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; writing by Philippa Fletcher; editing by Gareth Jones)

UN special envoy on Syria to try to launch intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva

UN special envoy on Syria to try to launch intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva

GENEVA, February 1. /TASS/. United Nations Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura will on Monday try to launch peace talks called upon to put an end to the bloody five-year conflict. “Intra-Syrian talks have not started yet. What is happening now is indirect political discussions… We have not yet started this dialogue,” Syrian delegation head, Syria’s envoy to the UN Bashar Ja’afari said…

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Sans grand espoir – les pourparlers de paix sur la Syrie ont commencé

Il n’y a pas de solution militaire au conflit en Syrie. C’est sous cet avertissement de John Kerry que s’est ouvert à Genève le premier tour de pourparlers entre régime syrien et opposition.

Mais dès leur arrivée, les participants à ce processus, qui doit s‘étendre sur six mois et aboutir à une autorité de transition qui organiserait des élections à la mi-2017, ont affiché leur méfiance.

“Il est important pour nous, déclare Salim al-Muslat, porte-parole de la délégation de l’opposition syrienne, de voir que la nourriture va bien à nos enfants qui meurent de faim, et voir que les familles syriennes et les femmes syriennes sont en sécurité chez elles, loin des frappes des Russes”.

L’urgence humanitaire va être au centre des négociations, car côté politique l’impasse est réelle, et ce malgré les bonnes intentions de façade.

“Le but, affirme Bashar Ja’afari, ambassadeur syrien à l’ONU, est évidemment de participer à un dialogue indirect entre Syriens en vue de relancer un processus politique exhaustif conformément à la résolution 2254, sans préconditions ni interférence étrangère”.

Bashar Ja’afari a aussi affirmé qu’il ne voulait pas “discuter avec des terroristes”, montrant une nouvelle fois que, d’Etat Islamique aux rebelles modérés, tous les opposants au président Assad sont considérés comme terroristes.

Syrian government says unclear how long peace talk preparations will take

* Government negotiator Ja'afari: Talks focusing on how to proceed
* Ja'afari says awaits make-up of delegations, names
* Says government regularly sending humanitarian aid convoys (Adds quotes, details)
By Kinda Makieh
GENEVA, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The preparatory phase of the Syria peace talks in Geneva is likely to take longer than anticipated, the head of the Syrian government delegation said on Wednesday.
U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura announced the formal start on Monday of the first attempt in two years to negotiate an end to a war that has killed 250,000 people, caused a refugee crisis in the region and Europe and empowered Islamic State militants.
But both government and opposition have since said that the talks have not in fact begun, and fighting on the ground has raged on without constraint.
“It seems the first phase of preparations will take a much longer time expected and we don’t know yet when we will finish,” government delegation chief Bashar al-Ja'afari told Reuters in an interview. “The official discussions did not take off yet unfortunately. We are still discussing how to proceed.”
Ja'afari said the government was still unclear on who its interlocutors would be, how many delegations they would face and the names of all participants.
“I couldn’t tell you much about what’s going on because we are waiting for Godot and Godot hasn’t come yet,” he said.
Godot was a fictional character in the Samuel Beckett play “Waiting for Godot.” In the play, two other characters wait for someone called Godot who never arrives.
When asked about opposition demands for the government to lift sieges and allow humanitarian convoys into cities, including the rebel-held town of Mouadamiya, Ja'afari said the government had regularly sent convoys to it and other cities.
On Sunday, the United Nations said that Mouadamiya, a town of 45,000 on the southwestern edge of the capital Damascus, faced a new siege by government forces.
“We can’t cut and paste with regard to the interest of the people,” Ja'afari said. “Everything in Syria is important, everything is a priority for us.
"The issue of selecting Mouadamiya or another area or town is a public relations campaign launched by the so-called opposition,” he said.
Senior Syrian opposition negotiator Mohamed Alloush, representing the major rebel group Jaish al-Islam (Islam Army), said the government allowing a convoy into the town was not sufficient.
“It’s a step to silence the Syrian people,” he told Reuters. “It’s a good step but it’s not enough and the problem is not in Mouadamiya. The problem is in 22 besieged cities.” (Writing by John Irish; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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IRGC chief commander Mohammad Ali Ja’afari addresses an event in Tehran, Feb. 6, 2016. ©IRNA A top Iranian military commander says a “definite” defeat awaits Saudi Arabia if it sends troops to Syria. “Sending troops by Saudi Arabia means a coup de grace for its regime which, of course, is not bad,” chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Ja’afari…

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Damascus will decide whether to return to peace talks: ambassador

The Syrian government will need to decide whether to return to peace talks adjourned by the United Nations envoy on Wednesday, its chief delegate said, accusing the opposition of pulling out because it was losing the fight on the ground. “The military developments on the ground were crucial. Notice that the (opposition) decision of withdrawal came after opening the road to Nubul and Zahraa,” Syria’s U.N. ambassador Bashar al-Ja'afari said, referring to the Syrian army and its allies having broken a three-year rebel siege of two Shi’ite towns in northern Aleppo province.

(reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; writing by Philippa Fletcher; editing by Gareth Jones)

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov’s meetings on the sidelines of the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva

On February 2, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov met with Bashar Ja’afari, Head of the Syrian Government’s delegation, representatives of the democratic and secular Syrian opposition Qadri Jamil, Randa Kassis and Heisam Manaa, as well as Ambassador Fu Cong, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the UN, on the sidelines of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.

Les Marseillais en Afrique du Sud : découvrez la date du lancement de la saison !

Miami, Cancun, Rio, la Thaïlande… Les Marseillais ne s'arrêtent pas de voyager. Leur prochaine destination ? L'Afrique du Sud pour des aventures de folie ! Au programme de cette nouvelle saison qui débutera le 22 février sur W9 à 18h55 : safari, découverte de villages reculés et de plages paradisiaques, plongée à la rencontre des requins blancs… Mais comme chaque année, vos Sudistes préférés devront travailler. Ils arpenteront les clubs les plus branchés du Cap, cette ville qui ne dort jamais. 

>>> Les Anges 8 : Aurélie (Les Marseillais) rejoint le casting !

Qui sera de la partie cette saison ? Kim, Jessica, Paga et les autres seront-ils de retour ? Une nouvelle venue devrait en tout cas rejoindre l'équipe. C'est notre experte télé-réalité Capucine Anav qui avait dévoilé l'information : Anaïs Camizuli (Secret Story 7) intégrera le casting. S'entendra-t-elle avec les autres Marseillais ?

Réponse dès le lundi 22 février sur W9 à 18h55. Deux épisodes inédits seront diffusés le lundi ! 

Pour rappel, Les Marseillais en Thaïlande, diffusée à partir de mars 2015, a réuni en moyenne 764.000 téléspectateurs de moyenne, soit 3,8% de PDA.

BONUS : Dans Reality Buzz, Capucine Anav dévoile tous ses secrets télé-réalité.



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Syrian govt says too early for talks, opposition avoids U.N.

* Ja'afari says waiting for agenda, opposition list from U.N.
* Says will talk on all issues when indirect talks start
* U.N. says no further Syria meetings on Tuesday
* opposition accuses Russia of endangering peace talks (Adds opposition, de Mistura meeting canceled)
By John Irish and Tom Miles
GENEVA, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The chief Syrian government delegate at Geneva peace talks said on Tuesday it was too early for indirect contacts while a U.N. envoy’s meeting with the opposition was canceled after a major Russian-backed offensive on rebel positions.
Staffan de Mistura announced on Monday the formal start of the negotiations, but government delegation chief Bashar al-Ja'afari said the U.N. envoy had now realised conditions were not ripe for indirect “proximity talks” with government and opposition delegations in separate rooms.
“The circumstances on the formalities are not yet ready. We are in the preparatory stage before the official launch of indirect negotiations,” Ja'afari told reporters after a 2-½ hour meeting with de Mistura.
“To prepare the official launch we have to have the presence of the two delegations, but on the other side the delegation has not been finalised.”
A U.N. source said de Mistura, trying to broker an end to a civil war that has killed 250,000 people and driven 10 million from their homes, had promised he would provide the opposition delegation list by Wednesday.
Representatives of the main opposition High Negotiation Committee (HNC) - which includes political and militant opponents of President Bashar al-Assad - have warned that they will not negotiate unless the government stops bombarding civilian areas, lifts blockades and releases detainees.
But supported by Russian air strikes, Syrian government forces and their allies ramped up advances against rebels in several areas of the country’s west where the country’s main cities are located, and on Tuesday were threatening rebel supply lines into the northern city of Aleppo.
HNC spokesman Salim al-Muslat accused Russia of endangering the process. De Mistura’s office said a scheduled Tuesday meeting with the HNC would not be taking place.
“It is clear from the current situation that the regime and its allies - in particular Russia - are determined to reject the U.N.’s efforts to implement international law,” Muslat said.
“The regime and Russia’s actions gravely threaten the political process at this early stage.”
He urged major powers to put pressure on Moscow. “It seems nobody is helping us. Nobody is serious. We really trust our friends … but we need to see (it) - if they take one step then we will take 10. But let them do something.”
Asked whether Damascus was ready to discuss these issues, Ja'afari said all issues were a priority for the government, including terrorism and humanitarian matters. “Once the dialogue officially starts, we will start to deal with these issues,” he said, repeating there should be no preconditions for talks.
He added that if the opposition “really cared” about the lives of Syrians, it should condemn the killing of more than 60 people on Sunday by Islamic State suicide bombers at the country’s holiest Shi'ite Muslim shrine. (Additional reporting by Kinda Makieh and Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

Sign of hope after stumbling start at Syria peace talks - Haber Vizyonu

GENEVA — The main Syrian opposition group says it will send a small delegation to talk with U.N. officials at peace talks in Geneva.

A member of the Higher Negotiating Committee, Farah Atassi, says the delegation is coming “not to negotiate” but to talk to U.N. officials after receiving reassurances from the organization.

She did not say how many members would come, adding only that they will arrive Saturday.

Atassi spoke at a Geneva hotel not far from the U.N. offices where U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura and Syria’s U.N. ambassador Bashar Ja’afari were meeting.

Ja’afari, the head of the government delegation, walked out of that meeting without commenting to the waiting press corps.

The indirect peace talks aim to resolve Syria’s five-year conflict. The talks are the first since two rounds of negotiations collapsed in 2014. Syria’s conflict has killed more than 250,000 people, displaced millions and sent hundreds of thousands as refugees to Europe.

The main opposition delegation has said it will not participate in the talks without an end to the bombardment of civilians by Russian and government forces and a lifting of sieges in rebel-held areas.

The meetings are part of a process outlined in a U.N. resolution last month that envisages an 18-month timetable for a political transition in Syria, including the drafting of a new constitution and elections.

The opposition boycott was a blow to the U.N.’s attempt to bring representatives of President Bashar Assad’s government and his opponents together for the first time in two years.

Disputes are ongoing over which opposition parties will attend, with the Higher Negotiating Committee, or HNC, coming under criticism for including the militant Army of Islam group, which controls wide areas near the Syrian capital, Damascus, and is considered a terrorist organization by the Syrian government and Russia.

Earlier on Friday, U.N. spokesman Ahmad Fawzi reflected the sense of chaos and confusion surrounding the beginning of peace negotiations when he told reporters at a briefing that “I don’t have a time, I don’t have the exact location, and I can’t tell you anything about the delegation.”

Ahmad Ramadan, a senior official with the Syrian National Coalition, which is part of the HNC, had said the opposition will boycott the talks until it receives assurances on the implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions on lifting the sieges and halting bombardment of civilians in Syria.

“There cannot be any negotiations as long as the humanitarian issues have not been discussed or implemented,” he said.

Ramadan said that de Mistura sent a letter on Thursday to the head of the HNC, Riad Hijab, which was deemed unsatisfactory. He and another opposition figure, Khaled Nasser, said the U.N. envoy wrote that the opposition’s demands were reasonable and that humanitarian issues should be “above negotiations,” but that he was powerless to implement them himself, adding that negotiations were the best way to force everyone to implement those resolutions.

In Syria, the official Tishrin newspaper boasted that the no-show by the Saudi and Turkey-backed opposition in Geneva “reflects the collective flight of terrorist groups backed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey from the political table, following their collapses on the battlefield.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the moderate opposition was not attending the talks because Russia continues to bomb opposition-held areas in Syria, and that it is a “betrayal” to the moderate opposition to ask them to attend without a cease-fire.

A Western diplomat in close contact with the SNC told The Associated Press in Geneva that the HNC’s “main message to us has been, ‘while we are under sustained attack by Russia and the regime and other states and militants and other groups we cannot justify to Syrians why we are going.‘”

“We tell them the reason to come here is not to hand the Assad regime a propaganda victory,” said the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on behalf of the opposition.

Opposition figures from outside the HNC are in Geneva, but they were invited as advisers. The HNC is supposed to be the main opposition group in the talks.

But a leading Syrian opposition figure who is not part of the HNC and is currently in Geneva hinted that his team will be part of the talks as a second opposition delegation.

“The presence of three delegations expresses the will of the (U.N.) Security Council who called for a delegation representing all parties of the opposition,” former Syrian deputy prime minister, Qadri Jamil, said in an interview with the AP.

Jamil added that in their talks with the government the priority will be to allow aid into besieged areas and that all Syrians unite to “fight the terrorism represented by Nusra and Daesh.” He was referring to al Qaeda’s branch in Syria known as the Nusra Front and using an Arabic acronym to refer to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

De Mistura said Thursday that Geneva peace talks are “an opportunity not to be missed.”

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Syrian government says ready to find solution to crisis

Syrian government says ready to find solution to crisis

Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al Jaafari attends a news conference during the Geneva peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland January 31, 2016. (Reuters Photo) The head of the Syrian government delegation to the UN-brokered peace talks has reiterated the readiness of Damascus to find a solution to end the foreign-backed crisis in the country. Bashar al-Ja’afari, who is also the Syrian ambassador…

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Sign of hope after stumbling start at Syria peace talks

GENEVA — The main Syrian opposition group says it will send a small delegation to talk with U.N. officials at peace talks in Geneva.

A member of the Higher Negotiating Committee, Farah Atassi, says the delegation is coming “not to negotiate” but to talk to U.N. officials after receiving reassurances from the organization.

She did not say how many members would come, adding only that they will arrive Saturday.

Atassi spoke at a Geneva hotel not far from the U.N. offices where U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura and Syria’s U.N. ambassador Bashar Ja’afari were meeting.

Ja’afari, the head of the government delegation, walked out of that meeting without commenting to the waiting press corps.

The indirect peace talks aim to resolve Syria’s five-year conflict. The talks are the first since two rounds of negotiations collapsed in 2014. Syria’s conflict has killed more than 250,000 people, displaced millions and sent hundreds of thousands as refugees to Europe.

The main opposition delegation has said it will not participate in the talks without an end to the bombardment of civilians by Russian and government forces and a lifting of sieges in rebel-held areas.

The meetings are part of a process outlined in a U.N. resolution last month that envisages an 18-month timetable for a political transition in Syria, including the drafting of a new constitution and elections.

The opposition boycott was a blow to the U.N.’s attempt to bring representatives of President Bashar Assad’s government and his opponents together for the first time in two years.

Disputes are ongoing over which opposition parties will attend, with the Higher Negotiating Committee, or HNC, coming under criticism for including the militant Army of Islam group, which controls wide areas near the Syrian capital, Damascus, and is considered a terrorist organization by the Syrian government and Russia.

Earlier on Friday, U.N. spokesman Ahmad Fawzi reflected the sense of chaos and confusion surrounding the beginning of peace negotiations when he told reporters at a briefing that “I don’t have a time, I don’t have the exact location, and I can’t tell you anything about the delegation.”

Ahmad Ramadan, a senior official with the Syrian National Coalition, which is part of the HNC, had said the opposition will boycott the talks until it receives assurances on the implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions on lifting the sieges and halting bombardment of civilians in Syria.

“There cannot be any negotiations as long as the humanitarian issues have not been discussed or implemented,” he said.

Ramadan said that de Mistura sent a letter on Thursday to the head of the HNC, Riad Hijab, which was deemed unsatisfactory. He and another opposition figure, Khaled Nasser, said the U.N. envoy wrote that the opposition’s demands were reasonable and that humanitarian issues should be “above negotiations,” but that he was powerless to implement them himself, adding that negotiations were the best way to force everyone to implement those resolutions.

In Syria, the official Tishrin newspaper boasted that the no-show by the Saudi and Turkey-backed opposition in Geneva “reflects the collective flight of terrorist groups backed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey from the political table, following their collapses on the battlefield.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the moderate opposition was not attending the talks because Russia continues to bomb opposition-held areas in Syria, and that it is a “betrayal” to the moderate opposition to ask them to attend without a cease-fire.

A Western diplomat in close contact with the SNC told The Associated Press in Geneva that the HNC’s “main message to us has been, ‘while we are under sustained attack by Russia and the regime and other states and militants and other groups we cannot justify to Syrians why we are going.‘”

“We tell them the reason to come here is not to hand the Assad regime a propaganda victory,” said the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on behalf of the opposition.

Opposition figures from outside the HNC are in Geneva, but they were invited as advisers. The HNC is supposed to be the main opposition group in the talks.

But a leading Syrian opposition figure who is not part of the HNC and is currently in Geneva hinted that his team will be part of the talks as a second opposition delegation.

“The presence of three delegations expresses the will of the (U.N.) Security Council who called for a delegation representing all parties of the opposition,” former Syrian deputy prime minister, Qadri Jamil, said in an interview with the AP.

Jamil added that in their talks with the government the priority will be to allow aid into besieged areas and that all Syrians unite to “fight the terrorism represented by Nusra and Daesh.” He was referring to al Qaeda’s branch in Syria known as the Nusra Front and using an Arabic acronym to refer to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

De Mistura said Thursday that Geneva peace talks are “an opportunity not to be missed.”

© 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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Geneva peace talks on Syria

Geneva peace talks on Syria

Syrian ambassador to the UN and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Ja’afari (Far R) faces UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (Far L) at the opening of Syrian peace talks at the United Nations (UN) Offices in Geneva on January 29, 2016. © AFP These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line: SYRIA PEACE TALKS The new round of talks in…

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Addressing terrorism top priority for Syrian peace talks delegation: analysts

With a new round of Syrian peace talks scheduled to begin on Friday in Geneva, analysts offered opinions on what the Syrian government and the opposition seek to achieve.

The chief goal of the delegation of the current Syrian government led by Bashar Ja’afari, permanent representative of Syria to the UN, is to address terrorism, according to some analysts.

“I think what the Syrian government prioritizes is to combat all kinds of terrorist groups, those related to al-Qaeda and extremist organizations. Such groups cannot be called the ‘opposition’,” said Sarikis Kassargian, a political analyst.

The Syrian government is also likely to propose practical ways to implement a cease-fire, humanitarian access, negotiate with the opposition on building a National Unity Government, agreement on early election, and other confidence-building measures.

“[The government and the opposition] need to start from building mutual trust, and to achieve a cease-fire and bring an end to the war,” said Hassan Abdel Azim, secretary-general of National Coordinate Body for Democratic Change (NCB), a Syrian bloc consisting of 13 left-wing political parties.

It is also pointed out that multiple camps among the opposition might turn out to undermine the opposition’s position in the talks. There had been reports that the opposition will be represented by two delegations in the Friday talks.

“Two delegations representing the opposition is a weakness in the talks while one delegation from the government is an advantage. This one delegation is rich in experience; it knows how to carry out such talks,” said Kassargian. (CCTV/Reuters)

West considers Syria governmemnt as mani negotiator: Pundit

West considers Syria governmemnt as mani negotiator: Pundit

Syrian ambassador to UN and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Ja’afari ® faces Syria UN envoy Staffan de Mistura (Back L) at the opening of Syrian peace talks in Geneva on January 29, 2016. ©AFP) Press TV has interviewed Sukant Chandan, a filmmaker and political commentator from London, and Matar Matar, a political commentator from New York, to discuss the peace talks underway in…

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