UN:Thursday’s Geneva peace talks on Syria postponed

Published February 24th, 2016 - 10:00 GMT
UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura gestures as he speaks to journalists during ongoing peace talks at the UN offices in Geneva on January 29, 2016. (AFP / Fabrice Coffrini)
UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura gestures as he speaks to journalists during ongoing peace talks at the UN offices in Geneva on January 29, 2016. (AFP / Fabrice Coffrini)

Syria peace talks in Geneva scheduled for Thursday have been delayed, an UN official said on Tuesday.

Syria peace talks have been "delayed for technical and logistics reasons", a UN official told an Anadolu Agency correspondent.

The official did not give further information about when the talks would resume.

UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura had announced a “temporary pause” of the peace talks on Feb. 2 due to intensified fighting in Syria and had set the date of Feb. 25 for their resumption in Geneva.

The talks aimed to end the five-year war in Syria, which has caused more than 250,000 deaths and displaced more than 11 million people.

A halt to ongoing hostilities in Syria is scheduled to go into effect Saturday, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia announced Monday. Daesh and al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate, the Nusra Front, are excluded from the cease-fire as well as other unspecified UN Security Council-designated terrorist organizations.

 by Fatih Erel

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