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GENEVA, February 3. /TASS/. If the peace talks in Geneva on Syria fail, the people of the country hit by the five-year civil war will have no more hope, UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has said in an interview with Swiss television RTS.
"If there is a failure this time after we made the attempt twice at conferences in Geneva, there will be no more hope for the Syrian people," de Mistura said. "We must do utmost to ensure that there is no failure," he added.
De Mistura has not ruled out that the negotiations in Geneva could be a failure. "It (failure) is possible, particularly after five years of a horrible war where the sides hate each other and where there is the lack of trust."
The delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria is impossible when there is no ceasefire, Staffan de Mistura has said in an interview with Swiss television RTS.
"Without ceasefire the humanitarian aid will not be sent," de Mistura said. "Today the humanitarian aid does not reach (those who need it) not due to the rain or bad weather," he added.
He said the only possibility to deliver humanitarian aid is to agree on ending the combat actions that have claimed more than 250,000 lives since 2011, according to the United Nations.
Since January 29, the UN envoy has been trying to launch indirect talks between the delegations of the Syrian government and the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) backed by Riyadh.
De Mistura has only held two meetings with the Damascus delegation and one meeting with the representatives of the HNC over the past five days. Both delegations say the talks have not started and they are in a preliminary phase.
The UN envoy said he plans to hold more meetings with various delegations on Wednesday.