Russia, Kurds and the Syria peace talks


Syrian Ambassador to the UN and Head of the Government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari during a new round of negotiations between the Syrian government and UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, 16 March 2016.

Russia, Kurds and the Syria peace talks

Any hopes of a breakthrough at the Syria peace talks in Geneva remain slim, despite the weeks’ old “cessation of hostilities” and Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing his decision to pull out of Syria some of the Russian forces.

Even the United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura named a Russian academic to his team of advisors – a nod to Russia’s importance in ending the fighting, reported the Reuters news agency.

Meanwhile, the Kurds appear to be taking matters into their own hand...

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