Syria to attend next round of Geneva peace talks

Syria's deputy foreign minister said the government will take part in a second round of peace talks on Syria's civil war in Geneva, Switzerland.

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem awaits the peace talks in Montreux last month Credit: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

The 'Geneva 2' peace conference, which had its first round of talks earlier this month, brought Syria's warring sides together for face-to-face negotiations for the first time since the nearly three-year-old conflict began.

The deputy foreign minister of Syria said the government delegation would attend the talks and demand a discussion "article by article" of the Geneva Communique, the document agreed by the United Nations and world powers as the basis for talks.

The document calls for an end to violence in a civil war that has killed over 100,000 people and the formation of a transitional government.