UN brokered intra-Syrian talks begin on Friday in ‘uphill’ bid for ceasefire

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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 (APP):  Intra-Syrian talks that were scheduled to begin in Geneva Monday under United Nations sponsorship will now start on Friday, with the first priority being a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But in announcing the new date, for which invitations will be sent out tomorrow, Special UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said he is under no illusions about the difficulties in ending a war that has killed over 250,000 people, sent over 4 million fleeing the country, displaced 6.5 million internally, and put 13.5 million people inside the country in urgent need of humanitarian aid.