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Syria's moderate opposition in 'serious difficulty': France

Published on Dec 15, 2013 6:44 AM
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013, that the moderate opposition to the Syrian regime was in "serious difficulty" and that long-delayed peace talks aimed at ending the crisis were in trouble. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MONACO (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013, that the moderate opposition to the Syrian regime was in "serious difficulty" and that long-delayed peace talks aimed at ending the crisis were in trouble.

"On Syria, I'm unfortunately rather pessimistic," Mr Fabius said.

"The moderate opposition that we support is in serious difficulty," he said, voicing "doubts" over the prospects of peace talks known as "Geneva 2" that mediators have been trying to organise to negotiate an end to the conflict.

The talks are scheduled for Jan 22, 2014, in the Swiss city, but Mr Fabius said there were "doubts" over whether they would make progress towards ending the civil war that has now raged for more than two and a half years and killed more than 126,000 people.

 
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