Syrian rebels launch new battle, accuse U.N. envoy of bias

Syrian rebel groups launched a new offensive against government forces on Monday and some accused the United Nations of bias, imperilling peace talks already threatened by fighting. The opposition’s coordinator at the Geneva talks said it was unacceptable for negotiations to go on if the government and its allies pushed on with sieges and bombing civilian areas, echoing recent criticism of government offensives elsewhere. Both sides have accused one another of breaking a Feb. 27 partial truce deal, which does not include Islamic State or al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and…

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U.N. peace envoy to meet Syrian foreign minister – government official

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura will hold talks with Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday during a surprise visit to Damascus, a Syrian government official told Reuters. The official said the talks were a follow-up to the Munich meeting in which world powers agreed to a cessation of hostilities that would let humanitarian aid be delivered in Syria. The talks will include discussion of the resumption of peace talks set for Geneva on Feb. 25, including “procedural issues”, the official said on condition of anonymity.   [SOURCE:- Reauters]

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