UN envoy for Syria to attend Astana talks

Staffan de Mistura will lead the UN delegation to the meetings in the Kazakh capital of Astana that are due to begin on Monday.

UN envoy for Syria to attend Astana talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

The United Nations' peace envoy for Syria will attend talks next week convened by Iran, Russia and Turkey on shoring up a ceasefire in Syria, the UN spokesman said Thursday.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked De Mistura to attend "in light of the complexity and importance of the issues likely to be raised in Astana, and of the senior level at which the conveners of the meeting will be represented," said spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

Guterres "is looking forward to the Astana meeting being a positive step, ahead of the resumption of intra-Syria negotiations in Geneva," he added.

UN-brokered peace talks on Syria are due to resume in Geneva on February 8.

Russia, which militarily backs the Syrian regime and Turkey, a rebel backer, brokered a truce deal between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebel groups in late December, but violence has recently escalated across the country, particularly around the capital.

Last Mod: 19 Ocak 2017, 16:55
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