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Switzerland: UN wraps up 6th round of Syria talks with 'incremental' progress made04:57

Switzerland: UN wraps up 6th round of Syria talks with 'incremental' progress made

Switzerland, Geneva
May 19, 2017 at 19:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

'We wanted a focused concentrated round to deepen the process further and I think we have done that',- stated UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Friday

Speaking at a final press conference, following the closure of the sixth round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Staffan de Mistura confirmed that the UN team had managed to start "separate expert meetings on legal and constitutional issues," which were to be held with the participants of Geneva talks on Thursday and Friday.

The UN Special Envoy stressed it out that expert meetings were not meant to "replace the main negotiating track," aimed at assisting the formal session on all the four baskets of the agenda of the talks.

De Mistura confessed there had been no time, during this short round, to hold in-depth discussing of all the baskets, noting he was going to do that in the coming rounds.

The latest round of intra-Syrian talks lasted just four days between Tuesday and Friday. De Mistura said at the press conference that the next round of negotiations would be held in mid-June without providing a more specific date.

Switzerland: UN wraps up 6th round of Syria talks with 'incremental' progress made04:57
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'We wanted a focused concentrated round to deepen the process further and I think we have done that',- stated UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Friday

Speaking at a final press conference, following the closure of the sixth round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Staffan de Mistura confirmed that the UN team had managed to start "separate expert meetings on legal and constitutional issues," which were to be held with the participants of Geneva talks on Thursday and Friday.

The UN Special Envoy stressed it out that expert meetings were not meant to "replace the main negotiating track," aimed at assisting the formal session on all the four baskets of the agenda of the talks.

De Mistura confessed there had been no time, during this short round, to hold in-depth discussing of all the baskets, noting he was going to do that in the coming rounds.

The latest round of intra-Syrian talks lasted just four days between Tuesday and Friday. De Mistura said at the press conference that the next round of negotiations would be held in mid-June without providing a more specific date.

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