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Good morning, this is Gabriela. The UN’s Geneva-based efforts to bring about peace in Syria resumed last week, following a year-long hiatus. But even as the UN and western powers seek to move the process forwards, the talks are at risk of winding down as Damascus enjoys a diplomatic regional renaissance among Arab countries.

Yet analysts say that only the UN-led peace track, which is the only process backed by the Syrian opposition, can bring about durable peace in the war-torn country.

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Gabriela Galindo


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A poster of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Syrian President Bashar Assad with the inscription “Welcome” in Arabic in Damascus, Syria, 3 May 2023, as Raisi landed in Damascus on the first visit by an Iranian head of state to the war-wracked country in over a decade. (Keystone/AP Photo/Omar Sanadiki)

The United Nations’ peacemaking efforts for Syria are faltering as the regime snubs West-backed solutions and looks east, in what risks undermining the UN’s already-trudging efforts for stability and reconciliation in the war-torn country.

On hold for a year, the UN-led peace process for Syria resumed at the start of the month, but as Damascus further consolidates efforts for normalisation among neighbouring countries, analysts warn that the Geneva process – the only one capable of bringing about durable peace in the country – is at risk of losing steam.

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