Syria accuses main opposition of taking peace talks ‘hostage’

The High Negotiations Committee (HNC), which serves as an umbrella group for militants and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the peace talks, was the main Syrian opposition at the negotiations along with two smaller groups that attended the negotiations under the auspices of Russian Federation.Both sides could point to small victories. The parties have agreed to return to the negotiating table later in March to discuss four key issues: governance, a draft constitution, elections and counter-terrorism.”Their policy is still unknown”, said a Western diplomat at the talks.The United Nations special envoy for Syria concluded Friday a marathon round of talks in Geneva with an agreement from the conflicting parties to pursue further talks on a political transition to end the six-year war. Colbert jeers Trump’s ‘surprisingly presidential’ speech to Congress
Stewart pointed out that the media, throughout the primaries, was obsessed with Donald Trump. He joked about Trump breaking up with the media – “KICK. The Russian envoy pointed that the opposition hasn’t yet fully distanced itself from terror groups like Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Jabhat al-Nusra who were not part of talks.Standing on a stage flanked by exiled political figures and representatives of armed opposition groups, Hariri expressed regret the negotiations could not continue for additional days.Moscow also regrets that the Kurds, the so-called Astana platform, and other moderate groups weren’t present in Geneva, which prevented full opposition representation in Geneva.”We will not deal with it, and if (UN mediator Staffan de Mistura) adds it in any time we will not deal with it or discuss it”, HNC delegation chief Yehya Kodmani told reporters on Wednesday. De Mistura said the efforts on these two fronts were complementary, with cease-fires leading to productive talks and productive talks in turn helping maintain cease-fires. “Everything is ready, it just needs an accelerator”, he said at the end of nine days of talks in the Swiss city.De Mistura acknowledged the aim was to hold another round of indirect negotiations later in March, 2017. Authorities release name of inmates killed in Tecumseh incident
She said the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office will carry out its responsibility to seek justice for the deaths of TSCI inmates. Staff exited the dayroom “when it became clear it was unsafe”, and secured the door leading to the rest of the housing unit. The Astana meetings would deal with “maintenance of the ceasefire, immediate confidence-building measures and operational counter-terrorism issues”, the United Nations mediator told a reporters.For this reason, de Mistura saw past and future talks in the Kazak capital of Astana as an important factor complementing the political track in Geneva.Despite periodic displays of division, Western diplomats and analysts who had come to shepherd the opposition through the tricky process credited the motley crew of political dissidents and military commanders for holding their ground.One breakthrough, Monzer noted, was an “ice-breaker” meeting late Thursday with the largest opposition delegation at the talks. BJP, Shiv Sena signal truce, Fadnavis says won’t contest BMC mayoral poll
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