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Syria Geneva talks progress, but with difficulties

This article recounts some of the difficulties involved with bringing the two sides of the recent Syrian civil conflict, the regime and the rebels, to the same table in order to begin to resolve their differences that have been expressed over two years of brutal civil war that have torn apart a country.  What started as minor protests in response to government corruption and human rights abuses in January 2011 escalated with the government’s use of military to quell uprising, a utilization of force that killed many civilians and only served to further enrage the protesters, until one day they too take up arms against their government.

While the conflict has come to something of a lull, both sides still have deep differences. Most recently, peace talks were delayed for 24 hours after the regime refused to acknowledge the results of Geneva I, the previous conflict, which concluded that Bashar Al-Assad be removed from power.  After a day of playing middleman between the two camps, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi announced that the two camps had agreed to meet at the same table.  While Brahimi expressed his hope that the two sides will understand their “different interpretations on some of those items [in Geneva I],” it remains to be seen if the two sides actually are on the same page.

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