Members of the Syrian pro-government forces stand in a road in the town of Rabia in Syria's coastal Latakia province on January 27, 2016. AFP / STR
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Plans to hold the first negotiations in two years to end the civil war in Syria were in doubt Wednesday after the opposition said it would not show up unless the United Nations responded to demands for a halt to attacks on civilian areas.The Syrian government has already agreed to join the talks that U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes to convene in an indirect format in Geneva Friday with the aim of ending the war. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said the Syrian government delegation would be headed by Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, but there was no immediate confirmation on Syrian state media.Washington urged Syrian opposition groups to attend. after the United Nations issued invitations to other regime opponents.Kurds, who control a swath of northern Syria, were not invited and predicted the talks would fail.
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