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New round of inter-Syrian talks may be held in May-June — diplomat

May 19, 15:33 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG
The date of the next round of inter-Syrian talks in Geneva has not been set yet, but talks may take place at the end of May or beginning of June — Russian Deputy Foreign Minister
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ST. PETERSBURG, May 19. /TASS/. The new round of inter-Syrian talks in Geneva may take place at the end of May or beginning of June, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters on Thursday.

"The date of the next round has not been set yet, but (talks) may take place at the end of May or beginning of June," Gatilov said.

"The International Syria Support Group (ISSG) held a meeting focusing on all aspects connected with Syrian settlement and current situation in Syria. I think that after this meeting, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will set the date," he added.

The issue of possible broadening of the UN special envoy’s powers was not discussed, he continued. "The mandate that he has, allows him to maintain the circle of contacts necessary for continuing inter-Syrian negotiations process," Gatilov said.

One of top leaders of Syria’s Popular Front for Change and Liberation Qadri Jamil said that the new round of inter-Syrian talks should be launched as soon as possible. "The date has not been set yet but pressure is already exerted on the sides in the talks to hold the next round in July, after the month of Ramadan," Jamil said.

"If the month passes without talks, the six-month stage will end without results in the form of establishing a transitional government. We will have to return to UN Security Council and reconsider Resolution 2254 on Syria. Those forces that did not like the resolution from the very start continue their attempts to fail it," he added. "It is important to return to talks as soon as possible to achieve logical results," he noted.

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