Time: 8:29 p.m. CEST
Representatives of Syria’s government and opposition are for face-to-face meeting in Geneva for peace talks for fist time in three years. Reuters says, the aim is to end almost six years of war by agreeing on the future governance of Syria.
But, as the news agency says, the position of Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad appears to be stronger after government forces overtook control on Aleppo with Russia’s military support.
Russia’s envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Alexei Borodavkin who met Assad’s top negotiator at the talks and after that meeting evaluated as “absurd” the demands of rebels and their Western and Arab backers.
Borodavkin expects government of national unity, drafting a constitution and scheduling elections. At the beginning of February, the Astana talks resulted in a ‘shaky ceasefire,’ which excludes extremists. Last year talks did not resulted in face-to-face meeting and the U.N. negotiator Staffan de Mistura met negotiators separately. With air strikes in Deraa and Hama, government forces targeted rebel-held areas.