(GENEVA) -- Formal talks to end the 31-month Syrian conflict are scheduled to begin in Geneva on Nov. 23. The announcement was made Sunday by Arab League chief Nabil el-Araby in Cairo after meeting with United Nations special enjoy Lakhdar Brahimi. In preparation for the negotiations a group of Arab and Western nations, including the U.S., will meet Tuesday with the Syrian opposition to discuss the logistics of the planned summit.
One possible monkey wrench is the insistence by some within the opposition that President Bashar al-Assad's eventual resignation must be a precondition for peace talks, a demand that is a non-starter for Damascus.
Nonetheless, news of the Geneva summit is certainly welcomed, given that Washington and Moscow had worked out an arrangement last May for talks over the summer that never materialized.
Since March 2011, it's believed that well over 115,000 people have died in Syria due to war-related violence.
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