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Syria says ready to resume peace talks with opposition

The Syrian government is ready to resume UN-sponsored peace talks with the opposition aimed at ending the country’s five-year conflict, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

Global, regional powers ask UN to resume Syria peace talks

The United Nations should resume the next round of peace talks as soon as possible, foreign ministers of global and regional powers agreed, according to Germany's chief diplomat Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

France postpones Middle East peace talks

French-led peace talks on the Middle East, which had been expected by the end of the month, will be delayed to accommodate the schedule of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

South Sudanese rebel leader arrives in capital as part of peace deal

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in the capital Juba on Tuesday after repeated delays to implement a peace agreement due to end his 28-month military conflict with President Salva Kiir, which has killed tens of thousands of people.

Afghan president takes tougher tone on Taliban talks

The Afghan president announced a harder stance against the Taliban militants Monday, moving away from previous calls for peace talks, after last week's deadly attack in Kabul.

UN envoy calls on global powers to save Syrian truce

Foreign ministers of global and Middle Eastern powers should meet to salvage the shaky truce in Syria and the stumbling peace talks in Geneva, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said Friday in Geneva.

UN envoy: Syrian truce still in effect, peace talks continue

The truce in Syria is still in effect despite mounting violence, but urgent steps are needed to salvage it, UN Syria peace mediator Staffan de Mistura says.

Yemen peace talks kick off in Kuwait

UN-brokered peace talks between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels and their allies kicked off Thursday evening in Kuwait city.

UN certifies Croatian police training programme for peace missions

The Croatian police service has received a United Nations certificate confirming that its training programme for UN peacekeeping missions is in accordance with the highest standards of the world organisation.

UN: Yemen peace talks to begin Thursday

UN-brokered Yemeni peace talks, which were originally scheduled to begin Monday, are expected to open Thursday in Kuwait, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday.

Syrian opposition demands aid and weapons after pausing peace talks

Syrian peace talks cannot continue unless more humanitarian aid reaches civilians and the truce can only hold if rebels get more weapons, leading opposition envoy Riyad Hijab said Tuesday in Geneva.

Syrian opposition suspends peace talks to protest truce violations

Syrian opposition negotiators and rebels temporarily withdrew Monday from UN-brokered peace talks and vowed to strike back in reaction to the government's alleged ceasefire violations.

Syrian opposition has "decided to postpone" Geneva peace talks

The Syrian opposition's negotiating body has "decided to postpone" peace talks that started in Geneva on Wednesday, a spokesman says.

UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait postponed, UN envoy says

Due to developments over the past few hours, the UN-brokered peace talks between Yemen's warring parties scheduled to start on Monday in Kuwait will be postponed, said Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN Special Envoy to Yemen.

US puts pressure on Syria's ally Russia to rein in the fighting

The United States urged Russia on Friday to use its influence on the Syrian regime to stop heavy fighting in northern Syria that has overshadowed peace talks in Geneva.

UN restarts peace talks as al-Assad holds elections

The United Nations resumed Syrian peace talks Wednesday in Geneva without waiting for the Syrian government to complete its elections for a rubber-stamp parliament.

France warns increasing violence in Syria could threaten peace talks

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

UN: Worsening humanitarian access in Syria could threaten peace talks

The Syrian government has blocked deliveries of international aid to besieged areas in the past days, UN envoy Jan Egeland says, warning that the slowdown of humanitarian efforts can hurt the peace process.

EU asks Turkey to restart peace talks with Kurds after deadly bombing

The European Union (EU) is urging Turkey to restart the peace process with the Kurds after an attack in the south-eastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir killed at least seven police officers.

EU, Germany demand signs of progress in Syrian peace talks

The top diplomats of the European Union and Germany urged Syria's conflict parties Wednesday to start substantial talks on political transition, as a first round of revived peace talks neared its end without tangible results.

UN Syria envoy: Truce cannot hold unless there is progress in talks

The current ceasefire in Syria depends on progress at peace talks in Geneva, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura says.

UN envoy pushes Syrian regime to present political transition plan

The Syrian government has been urged to present its plan for political change in the country next week at the Geneva peace talks, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said Friday.

Government, rebels clash over Syria's future at new UN peace talks

The UN restarted Syrian peace talks Monday to draw up a political transition roadmap in the coming weeks, but comments by the government and opposition exposed their fundamentally different visions for the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian opposition to head to Geneva for peace talks this month

Syria's main opposition group will attend peace talks this month in Geneva to discuss further steps related to a fragile ceasefire that is mostly holding for its second week, a member of the group told dpa on Monday.

UN Syria envoy: Progress visible, fragile ahead of peace talks

The ceasefire in Syria has greatly reduced the level of fighting and has made aid shipments possible, UN Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said Thursday, expressing hope that this improves the prospects for next week's new peace talks.

Ukrainian, Russian foreign ministers to hold peace talks in Paris

The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia were set to hold talks in Paris on Thursday in an effort to come closer to achieving peace in eastern Ukraine as Kiev struggles with a flare-up in political infighting.

UN envoy to share plans for new Syria peace talks on Friday

UN mediator Staffan De Mistura says he will provide "information regarding the resumption of Geneva talks" on war-torn Syria on Friday evening.

France presents Middle East peace initiative to Israel

France on Tuesday formally presented to Israel an initiative to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which broke down almost two years ago.

Russia rejects NATO's allegation of "undermining" Syria peace talks

The Kremlin on Friday promptly rejected an allegation by NATO's secretary general that intense Russian airstrikes in Syria had derailed peace negotiations between the government and opposition groups.

German minister: Islamic State puts pressure on Libya peace talks

It is urgent for Libya's competing factions to form a government of national unity that could then ask for international help in fighting Islamic State extremists, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Friday.

Escalation of bombing in Syria "deeply disturbing," UN chief says

A "sudden increase" of bombing and other military activities and a lack of humanitarian access in Syria have undermined peace talks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

UN pauses Syrian peace talks as rebel fighters suffer major blow

UN Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura on Wednesday put the Geneva peace talks on hold until February 25, pointing to the level of violence happening on the ground.

UN envoy: Outside powers must act on Syria ceasefire

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, speaking after his first formal meeting with Syrian opposition representatives, says that outside powers involved in the conflict must act to ensure a ceasefire in tandem with peace talks in Geneva.

Syria opposition calls for humanitarian measures as peace talks start

The Syrian opposition says it is awaiting the government's response after tabling a series of humanitarian demands during its first formal meeting with UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura at indirect talks in Geneva.

Syria's peace talks in limbo as opposition stays away

Syria's long-awaited peace talks, set to start Friday in Geneva, have been thrown in doubt as a Saudi-based opposition group appears hesistant to attend.