UN confirms sending invitations for Syrian Peace Talks

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 (MNA) – The Office of the Spokesman for the UN Secretary General confirmed Tuesday the sending of invitations to the Syrian Government and opposition groups scheduled to meet as of Friday, Jan.29, in Geneva to find a solution to the conflict.

In a brief message, the United Nations said the special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, circulated the call to the talks, expected to run for six months.

However, the text does not give any detail of the opposition groups invited to the negotiations, originally planned start Monday, but postponed precisely due to the lack of consensus between powers like the United States and Russia about which anti-government forces are to be considered as terrorists or opposition groups.

De Mistura had announced the sending of invitations in a press conference in Geneva during which he also expressed his expectations about the talks he described as fairly complex.

The text says that the invitations to the talks respond to UN Security Council Resolution 2254, envisaging a road map to find a solution to the conflict in Syria, which has resulted in 250,000 deaths and 11 million displaced.

According to De Mistura, the priorities of the first weeks of Syrian talks should include the end of hostilities, the neutralization of the ISIL and the facilitation of humanitarian assistance to millions of people in need.





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