Syria official says Geneva peace talks on Nov. 23-24


BEIRUT — An international conference on a political solution to the Syrian conflict could take place Nov. 23-24, Syria’s deputy prime minister said Thursday — the first mention of possible dates for the long-delayed gathering.

The United States and Russia have been trying to bring the Damascus government and Syria’s divided opposition to the negotiating table for months, but the meeting has been repeatedly delayed and it remains unclear whether either side is really willing to hold talks while the war is deadlocked.

The main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, has not decided whether to attend, and many rebel fighters inside Syria flatly reject negotiating with President Bashar Assad’s regime.