Syria Talks to Convene in February in Geneva

UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mustura.

Geneva, 20 Rabiul Awwal 1438/20 December 2016 (MINA) – The UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, intends to convene Syria peace talks here in February, Anadolu Agency reported, citing the statement of the organization Monday.

“The Special Envoy welcomes the adoption of Security Council resolution 2328 (2016) on Syria. He hopes that this could be a beginning of the restoration of the unity of the Security Council. Along with the wider UN system, the Office of the Special Envoy will be fully engaged in promoting the operational implementation of the resolution on the ground,” according to a statement attributed to de Mistura’s spokesman.

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“The Special Envoy will be comprehensively consulting the parties and the broadest spectrum of Syrian stakeholders, and the countries of the region and the wider international community, to carefully prepare negotiations,” it said.

“The Special Envoy wishes to announce that it is the intention of the United Nations to convene those negotiations in Geneva on 8 February 2017,” the statement said.

A trilateral meeting between Turkey, Russia and Iran on Syria will be held Tuesday in Moscow. (T/R07/R01)

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Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)