UN calls to reopen Syria peace talks

Published April 15th, 2015 - 08:53 GMT

The United Nations has called on its special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to press ahead with consultations with Syrian and international stakeholders to resume peace talks on the crisis in the Arab country.

According to a spokesperson for the UN on Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has instructed de Mistura to step up efforts to reopen Syrian peace talks based on the so-called Geneva Communiqué which sketches the steps in a process to end the unabated violence in Syria.

The plan was adopted in the first international meeting on the ongoing crisis in Syria in the Swiss city of Geneva on 30 June, 2012.

De Mistura, who is scheduled to brief the UN Security Council on the issue of the Syrian peace talks next week, and his deputy, Ramzy Ezzeldine Ramzy, are currently holding talks with the efficient international and Syrian figures on the issue.

The Western-backed Geneva I and Geneva II peace conferences on Syria, held in June 2012 and February 2014 respectively, ended in total failure since opposition figures refused to discuss widespread terrorism in the country and persisted in demanding the ouster of the Syrian government as a precondition.

Meanwhile, a second round of inter-Syrian negotiations aimed at finding a solution to a four-year conflict in the Arab country was held in the Russian capital, Moscow, on April 6-9. The city hosted a previous round of negotiations from January 26 to 29 in which the parties agreed on the general outlines of a political framework to settle the disputes.

Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence, which has been fueled by miltant groups, has so far claimed the lives of over 215,000 people, according to reports.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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