UN envoy urges Syrian parties to ‘press ahead’ after Astana talks suspended - Pakistan News Digest

UN envoy urges Syrian parties to ‘press ahead’ after Astana talks suspended

Astana � UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Wednesday urged the continuation of talks on a Syrian ceasefire being held in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana.

The current round of the "Astana talks" between the Syrian conflict parties, led by Russia, Turkey and Iran, kicked off on Wednesday, but, according to media reports, the Syrian opposition side walked out of the meeting, citing a new barrage of airstrikes in the area they hold.

The United Nations is very concerned at the reports of escalation in Syria, including, allegedly, reports of airstrikes, particularly in this delicate moment in the Astana discussions, where actually proposals to de-escalate the conflict are under very serious discussion, de Mistura, told reporters here, following the suspension of the meeting.

He called for the immediate investigation and immediate institution of measures to ensure that now no strikes are taking place and are halted, urging all participants in Astana to press ahead with de-escalation discussions and confidence-building measures.

Positive outcomes from the Astana talks � which aim to bolster the ceasefire regime brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran in late December 2016 � would help de Mistura with his role of facilitating the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, the latest round of which wrapped up in late March, UN News reported.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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