UN: Geneva talks on Syria to be reconvened on May 16
by Daily Sabah with AA
ISTANBULMay 10, 2017 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah with AA
May 10, 2017 12:00 am
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is set to reconvene the Syrian peace negotiations between the regime and opposition in Geneva on May 16, his office announced Monday.
"Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura will reconvene the intra-Syrian talks under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva on May 16, 2017," said a statement issued by the special envoy's office.
De Mistura voiced hopes that the agreement reached last week in Astana among Turkey, Russia, and Iran on the creation of four "de-escalation" zones would be fully implemented.
"In this round and subsequent ones, he is looking forward to intensified work with invitees on the items on agenda of the talks, within the context of the overall framework of relevant Security Council resolutions, in particular resolution 2254 (2015)," the statement said.
That resolution endorsed a roadmap for peace in the war-torn country and set out a timetable for talks.
"As preparations for talks continue, the special envoy reiterates his hope that the agreement reached last week in Astana among guarantors of the ceasefire announced on Dec. 29, 2016 will be implemented in full, thus bringing about a significant de-escalation in violence, and helping shape an environment conducive to the political intra-Syrian talks in Geneva," the statement added.
De Mistura is scheduled to brief the U.N. Security Council later in May.
Guarantor states Turkey, Russia, and Iran last week during the Astana talks agreed to sign a memorandum on creating de-escalation zones in Syria.
The humanitarian tragedy in Syria's six-year war has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions, triggering a refugee crisis with regional and global ramifications.
Meanwhile, Russia on Monday brought a draft to the U.N. Security Council backing an agreement on the de-escalation zones.
Seeking a U.N. endorsement, Moscow circulated a draft U.N. resolution on Friday that welcomes the deal and calls on all parties to abide by the provisions setting up the de-escalation zones, according to the AFP.
The proposed measure in the draft "calls on all member states to contribute in good faith to the implementation of the memorandum on the creation of the de-escalation areas," in Syria.