Syria peace talks to start from March 14: UN

Asian Journal - - World -

Geneva: The United Na­tions Spe­cial En­voy for Syria, Staffan de Mis­tura, con­firmed on Wed­nes­day that sub­stan­tive talks will start on March 14 with the del­e­ga­tions from the Syr­ian govern­ment and op­po­si­tion. De Mis­tura noted the talks will fo­cus on form­ing a tran­si­tional govern­ment for­ma­tion, draft­ing a new con­sti­tu­tion and hold­ing gen­eral elec­tions within 18 months. The spe­cial en­voy de­nied that the cease­fire in force in Syria will end on March 18 mid­night, stress­ing that it is an in­def­i­nite ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties “from the point of view” of the United Na­tions.

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