De Mistura: Intra-Syria Talks in Geneva Impossible without Ceasefire Holding
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura stated that the intra-Syria talks in Geneva would be impossible without holding the ceasefire in Syria
The ceasefire in Syria is holding by and large, the intra-Syria talks in Geneva would be impossible if it were to break down, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday, Sputnik reported.
"Even if, frankly, there [are] still some difficulties, it is still fragile, but it is holding by and large. We would not have been able to have these talks if there was a breakdown of the ceasefire."
"There are spoilers, we know it, we have seen it all the time during the last talks, and perhaps they may even be attempting or maybe tempted to do something before or during the talks in order to provoke one side or the other to walk out or to not accept talking but we will try to control it," de Mistura told a press conference on the eve of the intra-Syria talks in Geneva.