Fresh round of intra-Syrian talks set for 28 Nov, UN mediator tells SC

    United Nations, Oct 27: Announcing that he will convene the eighth round of intra-Syrian talks on 28 November in Geneva, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has urged all stakeholders to seize the opportunity to find a solution to the crisis plaguing the war-torn country.
    “I have asked for focus and realism because we need to get the parties into real negotiation over items where there is some prospect that they could begin to narrow the gaps,” said Staffan de Mistura, briefing the UN Security Council via video conference on Thursday.
    “Time is not on our side,” he warned.
    Mr de Mistura also told that the 15-member Council at the UN remained committed to the territorial integrity of Syria with the aim of a nationwide ceasefire and that any de-escalation must be interim in nature and not lead to any partitioning of the country.
    During the upcoming, eighth, round of talks, within the framework of Council resolution 2254 (2015), the Special Envoy said he intends to realise a transitional political process that focuses on items with prospects of progress.