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Switzerland: De Mistura rounds up Syria peace talks acknowledging more work needed01:48

Switzerland: De Mistura rounds up Syria peace talks acknowledging more work needed

Switzerland, Geneva
March 31, 2017 at 18:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura summed up the conclusions of the fifth round of intra-Syria peace talks, speaking at a press conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Friday.

De Mistura stressed that “the real peace talks” had not yet started, but described this round as a “preparation for progress.” He went on to add: “I cannot deny that there are serious challenges in that I’m not seeing immediately this developing into a peace agreement.”

But the UN special envoy rounded off his notes with an iteration of positivity, reminding press that “last time we said that the train is in the station, ready. I think we can say – especially in Switzerland where trains are very precise- that the train is moving out of the station.”

With the fifth round of the UN-brokered peace talks concluded, another round is likely to be held in mid-May, following the international meeting on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Switzerland: De Mistura rounds up Syria peace talks acknowledging more work needed01:48
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UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura summed up the conclusions of the fifth round of intra-Syria peace talks, speaking at a press conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Friday.

De Mistura stressed that “the real peace talks” had not yet started, but described this round as a “preparation for progress.” He went on to add: “I cannot deny that there are serious challenges in that I’m not seeing immediately this developing into a peace agreement.”

But the UN special envoy rounded off his notes with an iteration of positivity, reminding press that “last time we said that the train is in the station, ready. I think we can say – especially in Switzerland where trains are very precise- that the train is moving out of the station.”

With the fifth round of the UN-brokered peace talks concluded, another round is likely to be held in mid-May, following the international meeting on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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