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'The talks have started': U.N. mediator meets with Syrian opposition

'The talks have started': U.N. mediator meets with Syrian opposition

The United Nations mediator in Syrian peace talks met Monday with the major opposition delegation, ending days of uncertainty about whether the talks would proceed.

"The talks have started," Staffan de Mistura, U.N. special envoy to Syria, said during a news conference after meeting with representatives from the opposition's High Negotiations Committee.

De Mistura said he would be meeting with both sides Tuesday "to go deeper into the issues they have raised and their concerns."

The announcement comes after the opposition bloc had repeatedly threatened to walk away from the talks if the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad did not end its...

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