The UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has announced the resumption of Intra-Syrian peace negotiations, scheduled to begin on February 8th, 2017 in Geneva. During informal comments to the media, Staffan de Mistura confirmed that the Geneva talks will be postponed to February 20th. The meeting was postponed once more, it has been confirmed that the start date is 23 February.
This is nearly a year after the last attempts at negotiations were suspended following one false start in February, and two negotiating rounds in March and April. By that time, the disintegrating “Cessation of Hostilities” negotiated in February completely collapsed, and there was an increase in in violence across the country.
For background on negotiation efforts in early 2016 before they collapsed, see TSI’s prior blog posts:
- TSI live updates: Intra-Syrian Geneva Talks (Negotiating Round Two – April 2016)
- Syria Catch-Up: Recap of Round One of the Geneva Talks
- TSI live updates: Round One of Intra-Syrian Negotiations in Geneva (March 2016)
- Syria Catch-Up: The Road Back to Geneva III (March)
- TSI live updates: Intra-Syrian Geneva Talks (February)