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UN-sponsored Syria talks resume in Geneva after 10 months

  • UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura informs the media one day before the resumption of the negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura informs the media one day before the resumption of the negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura informs the media one day before the resumption of the negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.  (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura informs the media one day before the resumption of the negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura meets a group of women whose family members have either been detained by Syrian authorities or abducted by armed groups, or simply missing during a round of negotiation on Syria  at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura meets a group of women whose family members have either been detained by Syrian authorities or abducted by armed groups, or simply missing during a round of negotiation on Syria at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations have resumed in Geneva, 10 months after they fell apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country.

U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is convening his first morning meeting with the delegation of the Syrian government, headed by Bashar al-Ja'aafari, on Thursday.

He is then expected to meet with Nasr Hariri, a senior member with the largest opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition.

Opposition delegates have been arriving in Geneva since Wednesday and some held late night meetings in preparation for the talks.

This is the fourth round of negotiations since early last year.

The talks are taking place amid a hard-won, fragile truce brokered by Turkey and Russia, which have backed opposite sides in the six-year civil war.