Residents sit on a couch on a balcony of a damaged building in Aleppo's Al-Shaar neighborhood, Syria, August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
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Syria's warring sides gathered in Geneva Sunday for U.N.-brokered indirect peace talks as the United States and France warned the Damascus regime against trying to disrupt the cessation of hostilities.United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura met delegates of both sides Sunday for "informal meetings" ahead of the talks. He has said that the round of Geneva talks would not last more than 10 days. In Paris, after meeting European allies, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hit out at comments by his Syrian counterpart who said talk of removing President Bashar Assad would be a "red line" in the talks. The HNC Sunday pledged to stick with the talks, but reiterated that Assad could play no role in the planned transitional body.
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