Speaking to reporters in the early hours of Saturday in Geneva, United Nations Special Envoy said that the latest round of the intra-Syrian talks ended with “incremental progress.”
China on Tuesday expressed the hope that relevant parties in Syria make use of peace talks in Astana and Geneva to contribute to the political solution to the issue.
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.
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.
It is too early to set up a special body on the development of a new Syrian constitution, but preliminary discussions could start as early as at the next round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.
Mass media reports say the next round of the intra-Syrian talks is planned to be held in mid-May in Kazakhstan capital, Astana city.
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.
The Syrian government delegation has accused the main opposition group at UN-led negotiations of holding the talks “hostage” in their final hours, adding that it would hold the opposition responsible for any failure.