The UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura officially confirmed the postponement of the start of inter-Syrian talks in Geneva from 20 to 23 February. This was stated by the special representative of the President of Russia SAR, Alexander Lavrentyev, reports “Interfax”.
The head of the Russian delegation noted that the UN representatives participated in the consultations in Astana, and expressed full support to the talks. “They are considering “the format of the Astana” Astana process as a very important component of the inter-Syrian settlement and hope for good results that will help launch a political process in Geneva area”, — said the Lavrentiev.
He also confirmed the readiness to provide full support for the talks in Geneva.
15-16 February in Astana there is another round of consultations and negotiations in the framework of the Astana process to resolve the situation in Syria.
On 27 January Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that the talks in the capital of Kazakhstan contribute to the inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva under the auspices of the UN.