Syrian Peace Talks to Reconvene in Geneva on May 16: UN

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - United Nations special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Monday that he was reconvening peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva on May 16.

Syrian Peace Talks to Reconvene in Geneva on May 16: UN

In a statement, de Mistura voiced hope that the agreement reached last week in Astana among Russia, Iran and Turkey to set up "de-escalation" zones in Syria will be implemented in full "thus bringing about a significant de-escalation in violence, and helping shape an environment conducive to the political intra-Syrian talks in Geneva".

Syria's foreign minister Walid al-Muallem said earlier on Monday that Damascus would abide by Russia's plan for such zones if rebels also observed it, adding that the insurgents should help drive militants from opposition-controlled areas, Reuters reported.

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