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Russian, UN diplomats discuss possible resumption of intra-Syrian talks

November 16, 2016, 23:12 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The two diplomats "discussed the ways how to bring to life the political process in Syria against the background of a protracted pause in the intra-Syrian talks," the Russian Foreign Ministry said

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov

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MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and UN Secretary General’s Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Ezzeldin Ramzy held talks in Moscow on Wednesday, focusing on possible resumption of a political process in Syria, the Foreign Ministry said.

The two diplomats "discussed the ways how to bring to life the political process in Syria against the background of a protracted pause in the intra-Syrian talks," the ministry said, adding they "stated it was crucial to resume in the foreseeable future the negotiations among all the Syrian forces eager to end the conflict, to resolve the conflict on the basis of UN Security Council’s resolutions and decisions of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), to preserve the country’s state institutions, to defeat terrorists and to get back to normal life."

Besides, Gatilov and Ramzy discussed a humanitarian aspect of the Syria crisis.

"Russia expressed regret that humanitarian pauses in Aleppo had not been used for humanitarian missions in the city’s eastern districts or for evacuation of the wounded and sick," it said. "The UN officials were insistently recommended to outline in detail the modality of such operations with all the warring sides."

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