UN envoy: Syria talks end with ‘incremental progress but no breakthrough’
Geneva (IINA) � United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Saturday that the latest round of the intra-Syrian talks ended with incremental progress.
We made, as we were expecting and hoping, incremental progress. No breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out, incremental progress, de Mistura told a press conference in Geneva, following the conclusion of the July 10-15 round of the UN-facilitated talks aimed at ending the six-year-old war in Syria.
Referring to a technical consultative mechanism agreed on in the previous round, he said that in addition to this technical agreement there has been a generous effort among them (the opposition) to build something they didn’t have before, trust, mutual trust.
The UN envoy said he intends to reconvene the intra-Syrian talks in early September. I have asked the parties to be ready to offer clear, substantive positions on issues across all four baskets, and we hope that we will be at least pushing them to sit in the same room.
The four baskets include a credible non-sectarian transitional government; a future constitution; early and free parliamentary elections within 18 months; and a united war against terrorism within Syria.
Source: International Islamic News Agency