Syrian Peace Talks?

The envoy for the joint U.N. – Arab League is calling for peace talks between the rebel coalition and a government delegation from Damascus, the nation’s capital. Lakhdar Brahimi, who in addition to being the joint envoy is also an international mediator, met with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby in Cairo last week to discuss possible negotiations with the goal of ending the nearly two-year struggle that has killed tens of thousands of civilians. The discussion was predictably short on specifics, but did specify that negotiations could take place on neutral U.N. premises. Mouaz al-Khatib, Syrian National Coalition leader (opposition), has challenged the Syrian government to live up to its alleged promise to seek out a peaceful solution to the fighting. This latest development comes at a critical time as the rebels have been making significant inroads against government forces as they captured several critical military installations in the so-called “Battle of the Airports”. al-Khatib offered last week to hold talks with President Bashar al-Assad’s ceremonial deputy, Farouq al-Sharaa, wherein he would offer  Assad a safe passage to go into exile.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/02/201321794735506963.html

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