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

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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.

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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