Syrian opposition to boycott Russian peace talks

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"We have sent them an invitation, now we are waiting for their response".

Russian Federation is scheduled to host separate peace talks next week, inviting representatives of the opposition and the Assad government, which it supports.

Hariri said the decision not to attend was made after a vote among the opposition groups that form the delegation and that he hoped the Sochi meeting would still prove useful. The Kurdish delegation is one of them, despite Turkey's protests over their participation.

On Dec. 22, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said all participants in the Syria talks in Geneva would be invited to the Sochi gathering.

Two weeks ago, Turkey launched air strikes and shelling against Kurdish militias in northern Syria, marking a risky new escalation in the conflict.

Closing out the constitution-focused special 9th round of intra-Syrian talks last night in Vienna, Mr.de Mistura Geneva Communiqué reporters that "the ultimate goal of a constitutional process is to enable the Syrian people to freely and independently determine their own future in UN-supervised parliamentary and presidential elections, meeting the requirements laid out in resolution 2254".

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The Foreign Ministry has also noted that the Russian side and United Nations representatives have managed to agree on certain issues during the recently concluded round of intra-Syrian talks in Vienna. The three key regional players have been sponsoring parallel peace talks since the start of a year ago, which have fuelled concerns that the Kremlin is looking to sideline the UN.

But Russian President has been waging a parallel diplomatic offensive, with a new round of talks at the set for January 30. "In this regard, the Russian side and the United Nations representatives have reached a common understanding on the sidelines of the meeting in Vienna", the statement said.

The announcement came after the United States said it will work, along with a coalition of its allies purportedly fighting the Daesh terrorist group, with US-backed militants of the the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to set up a new 30,000-strong "border security" force.

"The decision that Iraq's high level delegation will attend the Sochi Congress has been taken".

Alexander Lavrentiev, Moscow's envoy on Syria, said on January 20 that, Russia, Turkey and Iran had reached consensus on a list of countries that will participate in the summit.

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