ASSAD READY TO PRISONER SWAP DEAL

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The Syrian government is ready to agree prisoner swaps with opposition groups.

The Syrian government is ready to agree prisoner swaps with opposition groups.

The act is a confidence-building measure between the conflict sides and might help its during peace talks in Astana.

There was no immediate reaction from rebel groups, which have long demanded a prisoner release from the government as one of a number of humanitarian measures they say it must take ahead of any peace talks.

The Kazakh state media said that official of Syrian government and rebel delegations began to arrive in Astana to take part to peace talks 15-16 February.

Peace talks backed by UN are due to start in Geneva on 23 February. Today it confirmed UN’s envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. The main Syrian opposition body on 12 February approved its delegation to the talks.

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