Syria’s government and opposition negotiators could soon hold face-to-face talks for the first time, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday, the penultimate day of a round of peace talks in Geneva.
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.
Syria’s Kurds should not be ignored, and their representatives must be allowed to take part in drafting the country’s new constitution, UN envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura said.
The US and Russia brokered ceasefire in Syria’s southwest is serving as a positive backdrop for a new round of UN backed peace talks in Geneva.
Two main topics are on the agenda of the seventh Geneva round of the intra-Syrian talks, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin said Monday.
The U.N. special envoy for Syria expressed hope that a first-ever U.N. meeting of feuding opposition groups and an upcoming meeting to put “de-escalation zones” into operation will spur progress at next month’s peace talks in Geneva.
A fresh round of UN-sponsored Syria peace talks will begin on July 10 in Geneva, the UN envoy said Saturday.
Geneva will host on June 15-16 discussions over the new Syrian constitution, with the participation representatives from the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), as well as the Moscow and Cairo platforms.
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.