BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met with the Syrian government delegation, led by the country’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari, at Palace of Nations in Geneva, Tuesday, for the new round of intra-Syrian talks under the auspices of the UN.
Later in the day, De Mistura is due to hold meetings with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) delegation.
The Geneva round talks come a week after the Astana agreement reached by Russia, Turkey and Iran on creating “de-escalation” zones to reduce fighting across Syria.
UN Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura called on the representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition to use this opportunity to build on what he sees as a positive outcome of the Astana meeting and bring Syria’s devastating six-year civil war to an end.
This round is expected to be shorter and more business-like than the previous one. The talks are set to wrap up on Saturday, May 20.