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Syrian Government Says It Is Ready To Take Part In Peace Talks

Syria's foreign minister Walid al-Moallem said the government was ready to take part in the U.N.-organized peace talks set to be held early next year.

Posted on December 24, 2015, at 5:50 a.m. ET


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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem poses with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Syrian government has said it is ready to take part in U.N.-organized peace talks set to be held early next year.

Syria's foreign minister Walid al-Moallem said the government hoped the talks would help the country find a solution to the ongoing crisis.

World leaders unanimously voted to try to end the civil war in Syria at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York last Friday.

"Syria is ready to participate in the Syrian-Syrian Dialogue in Geneva without any foreign interference," al-Moallem told reporters after meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing.

"Our delegation will be ready as soon as we receive a list of the opposition delegation."

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Syrian women mourn during the funeral of their relatives.

The plan endorsed by foreign ministers and others laid out a โ€œroad map for a peace processโ€ that specified โ€œthe Syrian people will decide the future of Syria.โ€

Leaders also voted for a nationwide ceasefire to begin as soon as a political transition was agreed upon. The agreement also called for โ€œfree and fairโ€ elections to be held within 18 months.

The Syrian conflict has lasted nearly five years, killed more than 300,000 people, and displaced millions.


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