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Switzerland: UN's de Mistura optimistic over latest intra-Syrian talks02:59

Switzerland: UN's de Mistura optimistic over latest intra-Syrian talks

Switzerland, Geneva
March 22, 2016 at 17:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura praised both sides of the intra-Syrian peace talks for showing willingness for serious political transition during a press briefing in Geneva, Tuesday.

"I think there is a feeling that this is a different page, in which you have to at least try or show that you are serious about wanting to find a political process in a political transition. We are not yet there but that's the atmospherics," de Mistura said.

"The atmosphere has changed and I think it's changing even from the governmental point of view. We haven't had walkouts or slamming the doors. We did not have the refusal of acknowledging the existence of others as interlocutors," he noted.

Commented on US Secretary of State John Kerry's upcoming trip to Moscow, de Mistura said: "We are looking with great interest, expectation, hope and strong expectation that the talks that will take place in Moscow will be productive - and obviously not everything will be solved in one day - but productive in the right direction in order to help us to resume the talks with much more in-depth address on the issue of political transition."

Switzerland: UN's de Mistura optimistic over latest intra-Syrian talks02:59
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UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura praised both sides of the intra-Syrian peace talks for showing willingness for serious political transition during a press briefing in Geneva, Tuesday.

"I think there is a feeling that this is a different page, in which you have to at least try or show that you are serious about wanting to find a political process in a political transition. We are not yet there but that's the atmospherics," de Mistura said.

"The atmosphere has changed and I think it's changing even from the governmental point of view. We haven't had walkouts or slamming the doors. We did not have the refusal of acknowledging the existence of others as interlocutors," he noted.

Commented on US Secretary of State John Kerry's upcoming trip to Moscow, de Mistura said: "We are looking with great interest, expectation, hope and strong expectation that the talks that will take place in Moscow will be productive - and obviously not everything will be solved in one day - but productive in the right direction in order to help us to resume the talks with much more in-depth address on the issue of political transition."

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