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Devil is in the detail before new round of Syria peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry gestures as he arrives at a hotel in Vienna


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures  as he arrives at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, November 13, 2015.
                                                                Reuters/Leonhard Foeger

VIENNA Two weeks after they jointly  called for a political solution to Syria’s civil war, foreign ministers and  senior officials from Russia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East  struggled on Friday to turn that idea into a more concrete plan.

As those officials returned to Vienna ahead of a new round of talks on  Saturday, diplomats said there had been little progress, with Western powers and  their allies insisting President Bashar al-Assad must leave office, and his  backers Russia and Iran saying voters must decide his fate.

“There are a number of difficult issues of which the future of Bashar  al-Assad is ‎probably the most difficult and that will certainly be an important  subject tomorrow,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told reporters in  Vienna after meeting his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri.

Earlier on Friday, Hammond said at a news conference in Prague: “We believe  that Bashar al-Assad has to go as part of the transition in Syria but we  recognize that there will be a transition, he may play a part in that up to a  point of departure.”

Progress has been difficult in preparatory meetings,  officials said, adding  that the ministers might be able to move more quickly towards ending the  conflict, in which 250,000 people have been killed and four million have fled  Syria.

A central sticking point is deciding which organizations are considered  opposition groups, and can therefore take part in the U.N.-led political process  called for in a joint statement after the last meeting, and which are  terrorists.

“It will be practically impossible to agree on that list at these talks,” a  Western diplomatic source said. “It will take time. The list will not be done in  a day. We are going to start to talk.”

After the last meeting’s broad statement of intent, Saturday’s discussions  would focus on these more difficult details, a senior Western diplomat  said.

“Don’t measure it (the meeting) by the length or even existence of a  communique,” the diplomat said.

“Measure it by whether there was a genuine discussion about things that  really do divide us, including the future of Assad, which is what we should be  getting on to, as well as these famous lists, the lists of who counts as a  terrorist and the list of who counts as an opposition group,” they  added.

Officials said they had modest expectations for Saturday’s talks, which will  feature major powers such as China, France and Britain, as well as Middle  Eastern states including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab  Emirates.

Asked if he expected a breakthrough on Saturday, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de  Mistura, who is tasked with overseeing the political process that would lead to  elections, told reporters: “Breakthrough is a big word. What we are definitely  looking for is to keep the momentum going.”

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