Opposition points to signs of progress at Geneva talks
Ongoing Syria talks in Geneva appeared to show some signs of movement on Wednesday, as opposition negotiators said the government had been pressured by Russia to address their demands for a political transition.
For seven days now, negotiations between government and opposition representatives in the Swiss city have focused almost entirely on format, in the hopes of arranging more substantive talks in later rounds.
But after a two-hour closed-door session at United Nations headquarters with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, lead opposition negotiator Nasr al-Hariri said they held "deep discussions for the first time".
"The subject of political transition has become the main subject on the table," he told reporters, calling it "a good start".
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