Syrian government representatives have ruled out starting direct talks with the opposition delegation, as peace talks entered a third day in Geneva.

On Tuesday, opposition leaders said they were ready to meet face-to-face.
But chief government negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari rejected the idea after meeting UN’s envoy for the second time.

Meanwhile, Syria’s main Kurdish party – which has not been invited to Geneva – plans to declare a federal system of administration in the country’s north, according to a report by BBC News.

Officials from the Democratic Union Party, whose YPG militia controls a 250-mile stretch of contiguous territory along the Turkish border, said the system would include representation for all ethnic groups living there.

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