Momentum for diplomacy hides chasm between Syrian foes

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad heads the plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling al-Baath party, in DamascusBy Dominic Evans BEIRUT (Reuters) – Diplomatic momentum is building to bring Syria's warring parties together for peace talks, but with Bashar al-Assad in no mood for concessions and his opponents still deeply divided there is little prospect for an early end to the catastrophic civil war. Hopes that the long-delayed talks may finally go ahead in Geneva next month have been boosted by the rare sight of Washington and Moscow cooperating to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons and hints of a U.S. thaw with Assad's ally Iran. …

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