UN en­voy in a bid to so­lid­ify Syria cease­fire

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IN­TER­NA­TIONAL talks to ex­tend the cease­fire in Syria con­cluded in the Kazakh cap­i­tal, As­tana yes­ter­day with the UN Spe­cial En­voy say­ing the cease­fire could be so­lid­i­fied if a mech­a­nism to over­see and im­ple­ment it was cre­ated.

“The chances of suc­cess would be greater if the par­ties here were able to agree on a mech­a­nism to over­see and im­ple­ment a na­tion­wide cease­fire,” said Staffan de Mis­tura.

“We didn’t have it in the past, that’s the rea­son why of­ten we failed.”

The Spe­cial En­voy added he hoped by strength­en­ing the cease­fire at the As­tana meet­ing “we could see in Geneva gen­uine in­tra-Syr­ian ne­go­ti­a­tions”, re­fer­ring to the Fe­bru­ary 8 ne­go­ti­a­tions to be held un­der the aus­pices of the UN.

“I would hope di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween em­pow­ered and in­clu­sive del­e­ga­tions of the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion take place,” De Mis­tura said.

These would in­clude is­sues of “gov­er­nance, con­sti­tu­tion, elec­tions” in the con­text of Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion 2254 (2015), which en­dorsed a road map for a peace process to be­gin in Syria. – ANA

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