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The Independent - United Kingdom | Monday, January 27, 2014

Talks offer ray of hope for Syria

The Syria peace conference in Switzerland has so far failed to produce any conciliation between the delegation of President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition. But the fact that the two sides are still talking is a success in itself, the left-liberal daily The Independent writes: "Geneva II is meant to bring the bloodshed to an end. It has a long way to go before that and watching the self-serving posturing of some of the members of both the delegations in Montreux and Geneva did not fill one with confidence. But the very fact that it is taking place and, as yet, neither side has walked out, is in itself a triumph of sorts. There will be huge problems ahead, especially over what happens to Bashar al-Assad, but negotiations are the only way out of the madness."

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