Next Syria peace talks in Geneva in January — UN's de Mistura

23 December, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Syria war winds down but tangled map belies conflict ahead

Russia, Iran and Turkey will hold a meeting in Sochi on January 19-20 in preparation for the Congress.

Tumanov said that the three countries have also made a decision to set up a working group that will deal with prisoner exchanges and agreed on the need to clear Syrian territory of mines.

Turkish officials at the Astana peace talks reject the involvement of US-backed PYD and its military wing, the YPG, at the planned Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, Russia, scheduled for January 29-30.

. The organisation has been designated a terror group by Turkey, the USA and the EU.

"The United Nations maintains its view that any political initiative by worldwide actors should be assessed by its ability to contribute to and support the mandated political process under the United Nations in Geneva", the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said in a statement.

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For his part, de Mistura briefed the Iranian diplomat on the eighth round of Astana Talks attended by the Syrian government and opposition delegations.

However, the U.S. has been giving military and financial support for the PYD/YPG group, claiming they were fighting against Daesh.

In a meeting with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in the Kazakh city of Astana on Friday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari said it is necessary for the UN to play a role in resolving the regional crises.

Mroue reported from Beirut.

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