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Syria talks at make-or-break point as humanitarian disaster widens

Syria talks at make-or-break point as humanitarian disaster widens

U.S. officials see Thursday’s attempt to renew negotiations on Syria as a make-or-break moment that could lead to a cease-fire or to a disastrously downward spiral in an already brutal war.

World powers will convene in Munich, Germany, including allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, principally Russia, and those who support the fragmented opposition attempting to oust him, led by the United States.

The goal is to make progress toward an ever-more elusive cease-fire and persuade the warring parties to return to peace talks, which broke down this month, shortly after they had begun.

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