UN special envoy to Syria
United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, addresses a news conference on the latest developments in Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 12 October 2015.Reuters

The United Nations will try and bring together the Syria government, Opposition and others for talks to try and end the civil war in the country on 25 January.

Staffan de Mistura, the UN Syria Mediator, will be convenor for the peace talks, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, in the last week of January, according to Reuters.

"Syria is ready to take part in Geneva and hopes the dialogue will help it form a national unity government," Walid al-Moualem, Syrian Foreign Minister, was quoted as saying by Reuters on Thursday.

On 18 December, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution which paved the way for an international roadmap for the Syrian peace process. The passing of the resolution was a rare show of unity amongst major powers of the world.

The Vienna talks held in the last week of October called for a plan to impose ceasefire in Syria, between the Syrian government and opposition forces. It also gave a two-year timeline, at the end of which elections would be held, Washington Post reported.

A statement was issued by the Syrian rebel group a day after a top leader was killed in an airstrike in Damascus. It stated: "He counts full cooperation of all the relevant Syrian parties in this process continuing developments on the ground should not be allowed to derail it."

Syria's civil war began five years ago. It began with a Syrian government crackdown during the Arab Spring in 2011. Since then, Islamic State militants have used the opportunity to seize territory in Syria and Iraq. This led to millions of Syrians fleeing the country.

"The people of Syria have suffered enough" the UN statement read, as reported by Reuters.

Last Month, Saudi Arabia announced the coalition of 34 Islamic member nations to fight against the Isis, also referred to as Daesh. According to reports, the summit would set up a secretariat to supervise the peace talks, and would also select the opposition negotiation team. 

According to reports, the UN Security Council resolution also called on Secretary-General Ban-Ki-Moon to draw up options for monitoring the Syria ceasefire, reported Reuters

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