UN: Delayed Syria peace talks to resume on February 23

Orient Net - France 24 2017-02-14 06:22:00

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Delayed UN-sponsored peace talks will resume on February 23 in Geneva, a few days later than previously planned, the UN envoy’s office said Monday.

The announcement came a day after Syria’s opposition announced its 21-member delegation for the new round of talks, which had been due to start next Monday, February 20.

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura had already announced a delay in the planned resumption from February 8 to February 20, to give the opposition more time to prepare.

Last week he had warned the opposition that he would pick their delegates himself if they could not decide on time.

De Mistura’s office said Monday that delegations representing the Assad regime and opposition are set to arrive in Geneva around February 20 for "prior consultations" with the UN envoy.

The negotiations will then start on February 23, his office said in a statement.

Ahead of the Geneva talks, Kazakhstan has invited Syrian opposition and Assad regime back to its capital Astana this week. The meeting in Astana last month ended without a breakthrough.