Gatilov: a pause in the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva was delayed UN-necessary to hurry

Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Gennady Gatilov

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MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS/. Pause holding the inter-Syrian talks in Geneva unreasonably delayed, the UN clearly need to hurry. This was stated in an interview with TASS Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Gennady Gatilov.

“With regard to the round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva, after many months of delay they are now to be held 20 February, anyway, so defined by the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura, said the Gatilov. – We believe that formed from April 2016 pause unduly delayed, and the UN clearly need to hurry.”

A qualitatively new step in Astana

Moscow, he continued, considering the last meeting in Astana on Syria (23-24 Jan) “as an important, qualitatively new step in efforts to resolve”. “Because now in these processes involved the armed opposition, which until now was not involved in contacts with the government and more generally in processes related to negotiations about Syria’s future, – noted the Deputy Minister. – Secondly, in Astana was made the very important conclusion that the Syrian conflict has no military solution”.