Syrian elections proposed for 2017

    Syrian elections proposed for 2017

    Nov 15, Abuja: World leaders have proposed to hold elections in Syria after 18 months in 2017. The leaders meeting in Austrian capital Vienna on Saturday paved a way towards ceasefire and political transition to end the war in Syria.

    They have proposed that the opposing groups against Syrian president should involved future talks and a truce should be put in place immediately.
    Following the talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition should start by January 1. Kerry added that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and al-Nusra Front were designated as terrorist organisations and would not be part of a ceasefire or talks.

    Addressing reporters alongside the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, the US official said that a transitional government for Syria is to be set in six months, with hopes for elections in 18 months' time. But they still have differences about future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Lavrov said that the majority of delegates wanted an immediate ceasefire in Syria.

    The Oslo Times


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