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Signs of progress against backdrop of bloodshed in Syria

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 01:30

As the fight goes on at home, the Syrian High Negotiations Committee says it will join with the government in a transitional body, but not with Assad himself. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This is the backdrop to Syrian peace talks in Geneva. Panic on the streets of Homs as violence escalates. The video, which cannot be independently verified by Reuters, comes as the United Nations prepares to mediate another round of peace talks in Geneva, a it comes after a partial truce brokered by the U.S. and Russia in late February. Nevertheless, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Steffan de Mistura expresses frustration about aid not getting where it needs to go. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SYRIA, STAFFAN DE MISTURA, SAYING: "I cannot deny that everyone in the meeting was disappointed." But there are also signs of progress in Geneva. Salim Al-Muslat from Syria's main opposition group told Reuters they can work with current members President Bashar al-Assad's government -- but not with Assad himself. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN FOR THE HNC, SALIM AL-MUSLAT, SAYING: "When there is no Assad in Syria, the army will be one, will be from opposition, will be from people who were with Assad, will be from Kurds, also from Christians and Muslims fighting terrorism because this is the future of Syria." After five years of war, the Geneva talks are aimed at forming a political transition in a country that has already lost some 250,00 people in fighting.

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Signs of progress against backdrop of bloodshed in Syria

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 01:30