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.
UN envoy Staffan de Mistura ended four days of Syria talks yesterday, saying there had been “incremental progress” and he planned to reconvene negotiations in June.
Moscow supports the proposal of Staffan de Mistura, the UN’s special envoy for Syria, on establishing a consultative mechanism on Syria’s constitution, Russian Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday.
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.”
UN special envoy’s proposal to form mechanism on Syrian constitution reportedly put on hold as talks continue in Geneva.
Syria peace talks hosted by the United Nations in Geneva spawned a new series of meetings on Thursday with no hint of tangible progress toward a deal to end the six-year-old civil war.
Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) has provided a written reply to the proposal of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on creation of a consultative mechanism for constitutional matters, criticizing almost every point of the envoy’s paper and requiring clarifications.
Rival Syrian delegations on Wednesday (May 17) weighed a UN proposal on developing a new constitution for the war-ravaged country, as a new round of peace talks entered a second day.
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.