UN envoy targets late August for restart of Syria talks

Updated: 07/26/2016 9:54 AM KSTP.com

Sergey Lavrov
Sergey Lavrov
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(AP) GENEVA - GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria says he aims to call a new round of talks between government and opposition envoys in Geneva "toward the end of August."

Staffan de Mistura says he wants to see the outcome of steps agreed upon in Moscow last week between the United States and Russia, in order "to make these talks particularly fruitful and hopeful" before setting a precise date.

The U.N. envoy spoke to reporters Tuesday after a closed-door meeting in Geneva with high-level U.S. and Russian diplomats.

De Mistura said the discussion centered on initiatives about the "urgent need" for progress on issues like a widely violated ceasefire, humanitarian access, counter-terrorism and political transition in Syria.

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