International backers of negotiations to end the conflict in Syria should ensure that any transitional process includes a robust independent body to investigate thousands of “disappeared,” Human Rights Watch said today. The United Nations designated August 30 as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances to raise awareness about enforced disappearances around the world.
The Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday ended without any agreement as Moscow didn’t agree on any changes to President Bashar Assad’s rule or altering of the current Syrian constitution.
Qatar’s initiative to create a new platform to Syrian conflict resolution in Doha is a very difficult issue due to serious diplomatic problems.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that Russia and the Kurds of Iraq have strong historical ties that go back decades and that Moscow makes sure its ties with Iraqi Kurdistan do not have a negative impact on anyone else, particularly the Iraqi central government.
According to the reports, the United States and Russia may announce a second ceasefire deal on Syria, covering Homs and Eastern Ghouta, around mid-August after expert Russia-US consultations in one of the European capitals.
Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Deputy foreign minister (2005-2011) comment on the situation in Syria.
UN-led Syria talks have a chance of making progress because demands for the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad have receded, Russia’s ambassador in Geneva.
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.”
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.