De Mistura To Announce On UN Participation In Sochi Conference

UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura said the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is to decide whether the Organization is to participate in Russia-brokered Sochi conference. He also said he hopes the Sochi meeting will revive Geneva process. De Mistura also stressed the importance of stabilizing the situation 'on the ground' and … Continue reading De Mistura To Announce On UN Participation In Sochi Conference

Syria Rebels Boycott Peace Talks in Russia’s Sochi

Syria's opposition announced its delegation would not participate in Russian peace talks in Sochi resort. "Russia has not succeeded in promoting its conference," the opposition Syrian Negotiations Commission said on its Twitter account. "The SNC has decided not to participate at Sochi after marathon negotiations with the UN and representatives of countries involved in Syria." … Continue reading Syria Rebels Boycott Peace Talks in Russia’s Sochi

Syria Peace Talks in Astana Postponed

Kazakhstan said on Tuesday that the next talks to try to thrash out a Syria peace plan in its capital Astana may be held in mid-September, after Russia had planned to hold them in late August. Kazakhstan's foreign ministry wrote on Facebook that the timing of the talks would be set at a meeting this … Continue reading Syria Peace Talks in Astana Postponed

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’

China Hopes Parties to Advance Efforts for Political Solution to Crisis in Syria

China on Tuesday expressed the hope that relevant parties in Syria make use of peace talks in Astana and Geneva to contribute to the political solution to the issue. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing that during the peace talks in Geneva, which concluded on May 19, China's special envoy … Continue reading China Hopes Parties to Advance Efforts for Political Solution to Crisis in Syria

Syrian Crisis Settlement Impossible Without US in Geneva Format – Opposition

The settlement process of the Syrian crisis is impossible to advance without the United States' involvement in the UN-mediated Geneva format, Syrian opposition member Qadri Jamil said. Jamil, leader of Syria's Popular Front for Change and Liberation and a representative of the Moscow opposition platform, criticized the "changing," "unclear" and "unstable" US policy. "Everyone understands … Continue reading Syrian Crisis Settlement Impossible Without US in Geneva Format – Opposition

De Mistura: Amid Syria’s ‘Promising’ Diplomatic Steps Hostilities Continue On The Ground

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 … Continue reading De Mistura: Amid Syria’s ‘Promising’ Diplomatic Steps Hostilities Continue On The Ground