UN to attend Astana meeting on Syria

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (MNA) –The United Nations will be represented on January 23 at the Astana peace talks between actors in the Syrian conflict, the organization confirmed on Tuesday.

According to statement to the press by Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary General, the Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura received an invitation to the forum promoted by Russia and Turkey in the Kazakh capital, which is part of the efforts aimed at bringing an end to a bloody crisis about to turn six years old.
Diplomat Ramzy Ramzy will lead the United Nations team for the meeting between the government and Syrian opponents, accompanied by Robert Dann, he said.
De Mistura recently expressed his expectations at the meeting in Astana, of which he expects results that could be used for the resumption of the UN-led negotiations on February 8 in Geneva.
In the Swiss city, the organization hopes to materialize the return to the dialogue table of government's delegations and the opposition, after the interruption of the process last May.
A ceasefire reached by the mediation of Russia and Turkey in late December revived hopes for a political solution to the conflict that erupted in March 2011, with a combined stock of tens of thousands of deaths and millions of displaced.


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