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U.N. backs away from mention of transition in Syria talks


GENEVA The U.N. Syria envoy’s office declined to confirm on Friday that political transition will be discussed at peace talks in Geneva next week, potentially taking the issue of President Bashar al-Assad’s future off the agenda.

“The negotiations will be entirely guided by (U.N.) Security Council Resolution 2254, which talks specifically about governance, a new constitution and elections in Syria,” Yara Sharif, a spokeswoman for U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura, said in a statement.


(Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by John Stonestreet)

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