UN Syria envoy says ‘substantive’ talks to begin by March 14

Staffan de Mistura says the talks are expected to last for about 10 days before breaking up for a recess.

By: AP | Geneva | Published: March 9, 2016 6:51 pm
UN Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, Syria negotiations, Syria rebellion, Bashar al Assad, Geneva negotiations, Geneva talks, ISIS, Syria news, Middle East news Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, speaks during a press conference. (AP photo)

The UN’s Syria envoy says delegates will begin arriving in Geneva Wednesday for “substantive, deeper” talks between the Syrian government and opposition representatives set to begin on March 14.

Staffan de Mistura says the talks will once again be “proximity” talks — meaning indirect talks with the parties in separate rooms and the envoy shuttling between them.

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He says the talks are expected to last for about 10 days before breaking up for a recess.

Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, de Mistura said a cease-fire in Syria now approaching two weeks is still holding “by and large,” and was open-ended as far as the UN was concerned.

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