UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura leaves after a meeting with the Syrian opposition during Syria peace talks in Geneva on January 31, 2016. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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The U.N. Syria envoy said Sunday he was "optimistic and determined" following an informal meeting with the main opposition group, after it had threatened to leave before planned peace talks begin in earnest.The meeting took place outside the U.N.'s European headquarters, where talks on ending Syria's nearly five-year conflict have been scheduled.It came a day after HNC representatives said for now they would not enter the hoped-for indirect talks with representatives of President Bashar Assad's government, who began formal talks with de Mistura Friday. De Mistura meanwhile said it remained unclear if the HNC would agree to an official meeting at the U.N. later Sunday.
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