UN Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura looks on at the United Nations Offices on January 25, 2016 in Geneva as he arrives to a press conference on efforts to restart peace talks. AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura has announced that Syria talks will start Friday, and he is keen to see negotiations be as inclusive as possible, while securing a cease-fire and humanitarian aid.This time, however, it is the Americans and the Russians who are fueling the talks, even while in the past few days the Syrian regime and Moscow have erected every hurdle to either derail the talks or to portray the opposition formation as a lame duck by imposing several pro-regime parties under the guise of opposition entities.
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