New round of Syria talks kick off in Geneva

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 10, 2017
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imgA seventh round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva began on Monday with a meeting between the UN envoy on the war-torn country and a regime delegation.

Staffan de Mistura met a Bashar al-Assad regime team headed by Bashar al-Jaafari at the UN offices at Geneva.

The meeting comes amid a new ceasefire in Syria, announced by the U.S and Russia on Friday.

De Mistura is expected to meet today with an opposition delegation headed by Nasr al-Hariri and hold a news conference this afternoon.

According to the UN, this round will focus on the same four topics — Syria’s constitution, governance, elections and the fight against terrorism — which were discussed in previous talks.

The UN special envoy intends to convene more discussions in August and in September.

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