UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura will reconvene the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva on 16 May 2017. De Mistura is hopeful the Astana agreement signed last week will be fully implemented to de-escalate the violence in Syria and create an environment conducive to intra-Syrian talks in Geneva next week.
“Michael Contet, for the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria (OSE), spoke about the announcement made on 8 May that Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura had decided to reconvene the intra-Syrian talks with a new round starting in Geneva on 16 May 2017. The invitees to this round would be the same as to the previous rounds held in 2017, and the framework would remain that of Security Council resolution 2254. That resolution would guide the agenda of the substantive talks, which would evolve around the four baskets. The new round would come shortly after the conclusion of the Astana meeting. The Special Envoy had been present at the Astana meeting as an observer, and it was based on his impressions that he had determined that it was the right time for him to call the talks.”