In this March 3, 2016, file photo, Syrian solders keep watch on a roof with portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Al-Tall, a town of northern outskirts of Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
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Syria's government said Monday it would attend renewed peace talks in Geneva starting March 14, but the opposition was still considering whether to go despite a major lull in fighting.The United Nations is hoping to restart peace talks that collapsed last month, building on a ceasefire that has led to the first significant decline in violence in Syria's nearly five-year civil war. A source close to the Syrian government delegation told AFP it would attend the new round of talks starting from March 14 .The truce between President Bashar Assad's government and non-extremist rebels is part of the biggest diplomatic effort yet to resolve Syria's conflict, which has killed more than 270,000 people and forced millions from their homes.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said Sunday had been Syria's "calmest day" since the ceasefire began.Observatory chief Rami Abdel-Rahman told AFP that the average number of civilian deaths a day had fallen by 90 percent since the truce came into force, with an 80 percent decline among soldiers and rebel forces.
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