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De Mistura will not continue talks on Syria until both sides are ready — spokesperson

February 19, 15:38 UTC+3 GENEVA
UN Special Envoy for Syria ealier said that it is unrealistic to resume negotiations between the delegations of Syrian government and opposition in Geneva on February 25
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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

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GENEVA, February 19. /TASS/. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will not start the second round of inter-Syrian talks in Geneva planned for February 25 until both sides of the conflict are ready for it, the head of the Special Envoy's Office in Damascus Khawla Mattar told TASS on Friday.

"The special envoy doesn't want to start the talks again unless both parties to the talks are ready and well prepared," Mattar said.

De Mistura ealier said in an interview with Svenska Dagbladet newspaper that it is unrealistic to resume negotiations between the delegations of Syrian government and opposition in Geneva on February 25. He said he will need 10 days for preparations adding that talks will be successful if humanitarian aid is delivered and ceasefire is observed.

The first round of indirect talks between the delegations of Syrian government and opposition took place in Geneva at the end of January. The talks were not successful and were paused on February 3. The envoy said the negotiations will resume on February 25 in Switzerland.

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