According to the Russia’s Foreign Ministry, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura could visit Russia in June, though “no specific dates” have been set.
For the first time, all parties to Syria’s conflict — including the divided opposition — have agreed to take part in expert talks to help lay the foundation for a new constitution, the UN special envoy for the country said Monday.
Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) has provided a written reply to the proposal of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on creation of a consultative mechanism for constitutional matters, criticizing almost every point of the envoy’s paper and requiring clarifications.
United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Monday that he was reconvening peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva on May 16.
The United Nations’ envoy for Syria is calling on the armed opposition’s delegation to return to the talks underway in Kazakhstan where a proposal to establish safe zones in the country is a top issue.
US Special Envoy for Syria, Deputy Assistant State Secretary Michael Ratney discussed with Cairo opposition platform in Geneva the US-Russian role in the Syrian settlement and the US interests, member of the Cairo platform Firas Khalidisaid.
The delegation of the Syrian government in Geneva, headed by Bashar Jaafari, presented a set of questions to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura related to the issue of governance – the so-called first basket of discussions at the intra-Syrian talks.
The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura Sunday gave a document with four agenda baskets to all parties in Syria peace talks to describe the general terms of governance and political transition, constitution, elections and counterterrorism.
Moscow does not rule out that some Russian proposals will be taken into consideration while discussing the new Syrian constitution in Geneva, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, told a press briefing on Thursday.