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>> For the first time in three years, opposing sides in the Syrian war came face to face during peace talks in Geneva Thursday. Mediators defined the imploring them to find a way out of nearly six years of hell.>> Work together. I know it's not easy, but let's try to work together to end this horrible conflict, and lay the foundation for a country of peace with itself, sovereign and unified.
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They are waiting for a relief from their own suffering and the dream of a new road out of this nightmare.>> British Tom Miles is at the talks in Geneva, says Thursday was a symbolic first step.>> This was important theater, because this is sort of symbolizing the fact That he's bringing them together, even if he hasn't gotten them to talk yet.
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Syria talks have not happened in Geneva for almost a year. And in the meantime, the conflict escalated massively. We saw a huge battle for Aleppo, which ended with President Bashar al-Assad's forces taking the city. But the war is not yet over and the UN and many diplomats say that.
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The war cannot be solved by military means. It must be resolved by political means.>> Still, expectations are low. The opposition wants prisoners released, the lifting of government sieges, and ultimately, an end to President Bashar al-Assad's rule.>> While Assad's government is expected to stick to its view that the opposition are terrorists.
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But a lot has changed since talks broke down last year.>> Even if the geopolitical context has changed enormously with the election of President Trump, and new alliances with the>> The Russians and the Turks and the Iranians trying to work together. Expectations so far have not been high.
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Historically, UN mediator has told us not to expect miracles. He said there's not going to be immediate breakthroughs, and he said that there will be more rounds of talks after this one.