Rival Syrian delegations on Wednesday (May 17) weighed a UN proposal on developing a new constitution for the war-ravaged country, as a new round of peace talks entered a second day.
The sixth round of Syrian peace talks kicks off in Geneva on Tuesday in the absence of a clear and specific agenda, according to an invitation received by UN Special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura.
UN Deputy Special Envoy to Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy said here on Saturday that the United Nations expects a positive role from the Syrian government in the upcoming intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.
The next round of the Syrian talks under the auspices of the United Nations between the Syrian government and the opposition will take place in Geneva from May 16-19.
Russian, Turkish and Iranian experts plan to meet in a week or two to discuss the parameters of Moscow-proposed safe zones in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that de-escalation zones proposed by his ally Russia were a chance for rebels to “reconcile” with Damascus and drive out Islamist militants, but vowed to fight on calling U.N.-led peace talks fruitless.
The United Nations still has a million questions about a Syria deal struck last week by Russia, Turkey and Iran, with aid convoys almost totally stalled despite a reported reduction in the fighting, a U.N. aid official said on Thursday.
Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev has met with Saudi State Minister of Persian-Arab Gulf Affairs Samer Al-Sabhan, Kazinform correspondent reports citing Akorda.
The Syrian Coalition reaffirmed commitment to negotiations in Geneva aimed at bringing about full political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and the UN Security Council Resolutions 2118 and 2254. It reiterated that any political solution must lead to the formation of a transitional governing body with full powers, the departure of Bashar al-Assad, and accountability for war crimes carried out in Syria.