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.
The schedule of a next round of talks on Syria in Geneva has not been determined as of yet, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.
The settlement process of the Syrian crisis is impossible to advance without the United States’ involvement in the UN-mediated Geneva format, Syrian opposition member Qadri Jamil said.
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.
In the first concrete results from talks this week on ending Syria’s conflict, the United Nations said Thursday (May 18) the warring sides had agreed to set up expert committees to discuss “constitutional issues.”
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.
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.
The Syrian government supports a Russian proposal to create four de-escalation zones intended to quell fighting in the country’s six-year-old civil war, Syrian state media reported the foreign ministry as having said on Wednesday.
Syria’s main opposition group, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), will return Thursday to the talks on settling the Syrian conflict which are being held in the Kazakh capital Astana, reports say.