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Austria: UN's de Mistura touts 'upgrading' of US-Russian operations centre in Syria02:55

Austria: UN's de Mistura touts 'upgrading' of US-Russian operations centre in Syria

Austria, Vienna
May 17, 2016 at 16:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura gave a joint press conference alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry, after a meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) at the Palais Niederoesterreich hotel in Vienna, Tuesday.

Speaking on the outcomes of the intra-Syrian talks, de Mistura said "the main new element, apart from the willingness to address it, is the upgrading in Geneva of this operational centre between Russian and American military and civilians."

"The second element is humanitarian aid. And on the humanitarian aid, we are still not reaching those we want to reach," he stressed. "We need to start working hard in order to be able to look at the option within security limits, but that's what we all have to work on to actually do the same everywhere else where we cannot get by land, unless we are allowed to go by land," he added, stating, "that is, I think, a novelty and a new element which came out from this meeting."

He also mentioned detainees and abductions, saying that "we need and we will be addressing that last bit because the families are asking for it and the ISSG did take note of that with some serious concern."

Austria: UN's de Mistura touts 'upgrading' of US-Russian operations centre in Syria02:55
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UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura gave a joint press conference alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry, after a meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) at the Palais Niederoesterreich hotel in Vienna, Tuesday.

Speaking on the outcomes of the intra-Syrian talks, de Mistura said "the main new element, apart from the willingness to address it, is the upgrading in Geneva of this operational centre between Russian and American military and civilians."

"The second element is humanitarian aid. And on the humanitarian aid, we are still not reaching those we want to reach," he stressed. "We need to start working hard in order to be able to look at the option within security limits, but that's what we all have to work on to actually do the same everywhere else where we cannot get by land, unless we are allowed to go by land," he added, stating, "that is, I think, a novelty and a new element which came out from this meeting."

He also mentioned detainees and abductions, saying that "we need and we will be addressing that last bit because the families are asking for it and the ISSG did take note of that with some serious concern."

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