Envoy: Geneva Talks on Syria to Resume Soon

China’s special envoy for Syria, Xie Xiaoyan, said the Astana and Geneva peace talks on the settlement of the Syrian crisis are “mutually supportive”, noting that a new round of the UN-mediated talks is expected to be held in the Swiss city in August. “…I think you know, trying to put which platform is heavier … Continue reading Envoy: Geneva Talks on Syria to Resume Soon

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De Mistura: Syria Talks End With ‘Incremental Progress’ But ‘No Breakthrough’

Speaking to reporters in the early hours of Saturday in Geneva, United Nations Special Envoy said that the latest round of the intra-Syrian talks ended with “incremental progress.” “We made, as we were expecting and hoping, incremental progress. No breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out, incremental progress,” Staffan de Mistura said at a press … Continue reading De Mistura: Syria Talks End With ‘Incremental Progress’ But ‘No Breakthrough’

Ambassador: Ankara, Moscow Cooperate To Settle Syrian Crisis

Russia's newly appointed ambassador to Ankara Alexei Yerkhov said that Turkey is an important partner of Russia in solving the Syrian crisis and increasing the trade volume between two countries to $100 billion is a "possible goal." Earlier in May, the Russian State Duma's International Relations Committee pledged support for the appointment of Yerkhov, the … Continue reading Ambassador: Ankara, Moscow Cooperate To Settle Syrian Crisis

UN Envoy Hopes Upcoming Meetings To Spur Syria Peace Talks

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. Staffan de Mistura told the Security Council that "we are at a time of testing whether the political … Continue reading UN Envoy Hopes Upcoming Meetings To Spur Syria Peace Talks

UN Envoy Says Astana Talks on Syria Extremely Useful for De-escalation

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. "Astana is extremely important, extremely useful for this type of cessation of hostilities which … Continue reading UN Envoy Says Astana Talks on Syria Extremely Useful for De-escalation

UN Syria Envoy’s Office Confirms Upcoming Meetings On Syrian Constitution

The office of the UN envoy on Syria has confirmed that Syrian opposition envoys will convene in Geneva later this week to discuss the country’s future constitution. Acting Chief of Staff Office UN Special Envoy for Syria Michael Contet said on Tuesday evening that Syrian opposition experts were invited for a technical meeting within the … Continue reading UN Syria Envoy’s Office Confirms Upcoming Meetings On Syrian Constitution

UN Special Envoy for Syria to Visit Moscow Next Week

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is expected to visit Moscow next week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Friday. "Next week, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will visit Russia," said Bogdanov, who is the Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa. "We will be holding … Continue reading UN Special Envoy for Syria to Visit Moscow Next Week