United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura arrives for a meeting during the Intra Syria talks in Geneva, Switzerland December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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U.N.-backed peace talks for war-ravaged Syria resumed in Geneva Tuesday but without Syrian government negotiators, who sources said have yet to determine if they will return. An eighth round of peace talks aimed at ending Syria's 6-year-old war began in Geneva last week.U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura announced shortly after the talks began that they would be extended by two weeks.Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the government, reported that the regime's delegation was in Damascus and was not expected to leave either Tuesday or Wednesday.The government delegation left Geneva last Saturday, after its chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari said there were "big problems in this round of talks".
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