Syria peace talks in Geneva

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said he was 'optimistic and determined' following an informal meeting with Syria's main opposition group, which had threatened to leave before planned peace talks begin in earnest.
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High Negotiations Committee (HNC) spokesman Salem al-Meslet gestures during a press conference during Syria peace talks in Geneva on January 31, 2016. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said he was "optimistic and determined" following an informal meeting with Syria's main opposition group, which had threatened to leave before planned peace talks begin in earnest. The Syrian government "wants to put an end to the bloodshed," Syria's ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, told reporters in Geneva, adding though that the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) which has said for now it will not negotiate, "are not serious".
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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. De Mistura envoy said he was "optimistic and determined" following an informal meeting with Syria's main opposition group, which had threatened to leave before planned peace talks begin in earnest.
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Syrian ambassador to the UN and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari gestures as he holds a press conference during the Syria peace talks in Geneva on January 31, 2016.
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High Negotiations Committee (HNC) spokesman Riyad Naasan Agha of Syria's main opposition body briefs the press upon his arrival on January 30, 2016 in Geneva for Syrian peace talks.
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Syrian ambassador to the UN and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari gestures as he holds a press conference during the Syria peace talks in Geneva on January 31, 2016.
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir voiced support for Syrian opposition figures who have travelled to Geneva for UN-brokered peace talks.
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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart on Januray 31, 2016 at the Foreign Affairs ministry press hall in Riyadh. Al-Jubeir and Turkish Mevlut Cavusoglu voiced support for Syrian opposition figures who have travelled to Geneva for UN-brokered peace talks.
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart on Januray 31, 2016 at the Foreign Affairs ministry press hall in Riyadh. Saudi Adel al-Jubeir and Cavusoglu voiced support for Syrian opposition figures who have travelled to Geneva for UN-brokered peace talks.
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) stands next to his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir at the end of a joint press conference on Januray 31, 2016 at the Foreign Affairs ministry press hall in Riyadh. Al-Jubeir and Cavusoglu voiced support for Syrian opposition figures who have travelled to Geneva for UN-brokered peace talks.