MOSCOW, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Geneva-II international conference on Syria is tentatively set for Nov. 23-24, the country's Vice Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said Thursday.
Jamil, also the head of the Popular Front for Change and Liberation, said told a press conference that the hardline Syrian National Council, who previously refused to participate in the conference, will change their mind.
Meanwhile, the mild opposition leader did not rule out the possibility that the event might be rescheduled.
OPCW, UN officially kick off joint mission in Syria
DAMASCUS, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- The joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations was established on Wednesday, according to an OPCW statement.
Sigrid Kaag was appointed as the special coordinator for the OPCW-UN joint mission, which was set up in a bid to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons in the safest and most secure manner possible, the statement said, adding that it will continue the work undertaken by the OPCW and the UN joint team already on ground in Syria. Full Story
Russia says West fails to draw Syrian hardliners to Geneva-II
MOSCOW, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Western countries have failed to convince the hardline Syrian opposition to participate in the Geneva-II peace conference, the top Russian diplomat said on Monday.
"Our partners, first of all from the United States, have vowed to gather everyone under the umbrella of 'national coalition' to take part in the conference," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters. Full Story