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Switzerland: Gatilov warns not to expect any breakthroughs in 5th round of Geneva talks04:03

Switzerland: Gatilov warns not to expect any breakthroughs in 5th round of Geneva talks

Switzerland, Geneva
March 29, 2017 at 19:14 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Gennadi Gatilov, said that no breakthroughs should be expected in discussions between Syrian government allies and Syrian opposition groups – under the umbrella of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) – in the fifth round of intra-Syria peace talks, speaking at a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

Referencing the four-point agenda of the talks, Gatilov conceded that “there are certain differences among the delegations on the order in which these points should be addressed." He went on to iterate “we can't say that this current round is a breakthrough” but added, "What is important is that the whole process stays afloat and that's the right thing.”

The deputy foreign minister also stressed that Russia was “meeting all of its obligations as one of the guarantors of the ceasefire agreement, alongside Turkey and Iran, and said Russia’s actions were “largely contributing to the stabilisation of the situation in Syria.”

The four agenda items that are to be discussed during this round of talks are: governance in Syria, drafting a new constitution for the nation, elections and the issue of terrorism.

Switzerland: Gatilov warns not to expect any breakthroughs in 5th round of Geneva talks04:03
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The Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Gennadi Gatilov, said that no breakthroughs should be expected in discussions between Syrian government allies and Syrian opposition groups – under the umbrella of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) – in the fifth round of intra-Syria peace talks, speaking at a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

Referencing the four-point agenda of the talks, Gatilov conceded that “there are certain differences among the delegations on the order in which these points should be addressed." He went on to iterate “we can't say that this current round is a breakthrough” but added, "What is important is that the whole process stays afloat and that's the right thing.”

The deputy foreign minister also stressed that Russia was “meeting all of its obligations as one of the guarantors of the ceasefire agreement, alongside Turkey and Iran, and said Russia’s actions were “largely contributing to the stabilisation of the situation in Syria.”

The four agenda items that are to be discussed during this round of talks are: governance in Syria, drafting a new constitution for the nation, elections and the issue of terrorism.

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