Syria peace talks in Geneva set for Feb. 23

The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria announced Monday that a new round of intra-Syrian peace talks are scheduled to kick off on Feb. 23, with rival delegations expected to arrive in the Swiss city “on or about Feb. 20.”

“UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura is actively engaged in diplomatic efforts to ensure a successful confirmation of arrangements for the convening of intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva,” the envoy’s spokesperson Yara Sharif said in a written statement.

“We can confirm that [invitations] letters have been sent, and also that consultations are continuing,” she added.

The UN-mediated peace talks seeking to broker a political end to the conflict, which has killed an estimated 400,000 people since March 2011, were scheduled to start on Feb. 8 before being postponed twice.

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