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Switzerland: Syria peace talks suspended until Feb 25 - UN's de Mistura01:45

Switzerland: Syria peace talks suspended until Feb 25 - UN's de Mistura

Switzerland, Geneva
February 3, 2016 at 18:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura announced from the UN Geneva headquarters on Wednesday that the Syrian peace talks will be postponed until February 25 because there is "more work to be done."

"The UN cannot allow simple procedural matters to actually become more important than the result for the humanitarian situation of the Syrian people," de Mistura said commenting about why the talks had been postponed.

He went on to highlight that "this is not the end, and it is not the failure of the talks" adding that "both sides insisted on the fact that they are interested in having the political process started."

The invitations for the negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition were sent by the UN Security Council on Tuesday, January 26, with the talks expected to last for at least six months.

The main goal of the intra-Syrian negotiations is to ultimately end the five-year-old conflict in Syria, with the initial implementation of a ceasefire, an increase in first aid to civilians and the establishment of a broad opposition against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Switzerland: Syria peace talks suspended until Feb 25 - UN's de Mistura01:45
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United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura announced from the UN Geneva headquarters on Wednesday that the Syrian peace talks will be postponed until February 25 because there is "more work to be done."

"The UN cannot allow simple procedural matters to actually become more important than the result for the humanitarian situation of the Syrian people," de Mistura said commenting about why the talks had been postponed.

He went on to highlight that "this is not the end, and it is not the failure of the talks" adding that "both sides insisted on the fact that they are interested in having the political process started."

The invitations for the negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition were sent by the UN Security Council on Tuesday, January 26, with the talks expected to last for at least six months.

The main goal of the intra-Syrian negotiations is to ultimately end the five-year-old conflict in Syria, with the initial implementation of a ceasefire, an increase in first aid to civilians and the establishment of a broad opposition against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

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