Geneva A renewed UN-led diplomatic push is under way for a meaningful relaunch of intra-Syrian talks by Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, his office has announced.
In a statement released on Wednesday, De Mistura is said to be engaged in high-level consultations, with the aim of proactively ascertaining the options for kick-starting the UN-facilitated political process as called for in Security Council resolution 2254. Agreed by the 15-member body in 2015, that text calls for free and fair elections for all Syrians and a newly-drafted constitution, as the basis for a Syrian-led, Syrian owned process to end the conflict.
Since January 2016, the special envoy has conducted several rounds of negotiations between the warring Syrian parties, the last of which was held in Geneva in December 2017, followed by Vienna talks in late January.
So far this week, De Mistura has met foreign ministers from several countries participating in the Arab League Summit in Saudi Arabia. Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish diplomatic sources reported that the UN envoy arrived in Ankara to hold discussions with senior officials in Turkey, before heading to Russia and Iran for more high-level meetings, according to his team.
De Mistura is also expected to consult European ministers and senior representatives from the United States at a conference in support of Syria and the region, including bolstering the UN-led political process, scheduled to take place in Brussels next week.
Source: International Islamic News Agency