UN says Syria talks aimed at ‘po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion’

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

BEIRUT — A top ad­viser to the UN en­voy for Syria said Tues­day that their “main guid­ance” for the first Syr­ian peace talks in 10 months will be a Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion that calls for a po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion.

UN en­voy Staffan de Mis­tura is putting the “fin­ish­ing touches on ar­range­ments” for Thurs­day’s start of talks in Geneva be­tween the govern­ment and the op­po­si­tion, the fourth round since early last year, his chief of staff, Michael Con­tet, told re­porters.

Con­tet noted that Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion 2254 asks the en­voy to con­vene “for­mal ne­go­ti­a­tions on the po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion process.” The new talks will re­volve around three is­sues: “Cred­i­ble, in­clu­sive and non­sec­tar­ian gov­er­nance,” a new con­sti­tu­tion and free and fair elec­tions.

The last UN-me­di­ated talks were sus­pended in April amid re­newed fight­ing.

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