Increasing violence in Syria could threaten peace agenda – France

France warned Tuesday that increasing violence in Syria could threaten peace talks scheduled to resume this week in Geneva.

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    Regime offensives in Aleppo and eastern Ghouta have imperiled a fragile ceasefire, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
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“The regime and its allies could bear the responsibility for a new humanitarian drama and the failure of inter-Syrian negotiations,” the spokesman said.

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura has said he plans to restart peace talks on Wednesday in Geneva.

De Mistura, who met Syrian officials on Monday, has said the upcoming talks are crucial because they will focus, among other issues, on political transition.

The Syrian opposition has insisted repeatedly that there can be no future role for President Bashar al-Assad.

A fragile ceasefire has been in effect in Syria since late February, but jihadist groups such as al-Nusra Front and Islamic State are not covered by its terms.

The US has expressed concern over recent violence in Syria. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in Washington that “”the vast majority of violations have been on the part of the regime.”

Source: GNA

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