The Syrian opposition should renounce ultimatums and preconditions at the negotiations in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday following talks with his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders.
The head of the main opposition delegation at ongoing Syria talks in Geneva on Wednesday called on the UN to put pressure on the Damascus regime following its “refusal” to join in negotiations.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Brussels on Tuesday, with the Syrian crisis reportedly topping the agenda.
A meeting of the BRICS foreign ministers announced its strong support for the Geneva and Astana peace talks on settling the Syrian conflict and welcomed the establishment of de-escalation areas in the Arab republic, a statement made Monday, following the activities and results of the recent meetings, showed.
The Astana talks on Syria are extremely important and useful for the cessation of hostilities in the country, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said during a joint press conference with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Oslo.
The European Union extended its restrictive measures against the Syrian regime until 1 June 2018, a decision in line with the EU strategy on Syria which states that the EU will maintain its restrictive measures the regime and its supporters as long as the repression of civilians continues.
Despite the “promising” steps in Syria that followed diplomatic talks in the Kazak capital, Astana – a nationwide ceasefire announced last December, and the de-escalation zones created inside Syria to deepen that effort – a United Nations envoy today warned of ongoing hostilities between the Government and armed opposition groups in several areas, such as Hama, Homs, and Damascus.
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.
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.