Negotiations to end the war in Syria must speed up, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday, on the sixth anniversary of the start of the conflict.
So far talks to end the war, which has killed hundreds of thousands, driven 5 million into neighbouring countries and left 13.5 million in urgent need of humanitarian aid, have gone almost nowhere.
“It’s becoming one of the longest and most cruel wars of recent years,” de Mistura said. “That’s why there is a need for an acceleration of any type of negotiations – in Astana, in Geneva, in New York, wherever.”
De Mistura is trying to mediate a political agreement between Syria’s warring sides, and after a procedural round of talks in Geneva ended on March 3, he plans to bring the negotiators back for in-depth discussions on March 23.