The negotiations in Geneva: the situation is difficult, but not desperate


GENEVA, March 29. /TASS/. The main content of the next day at talks in Geneva on Syria in the face of continuing meetings of the parties with the mediation of the UN on the consent agenda, consultation of Russian diplomats on the sidelines of the round. Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov and the Director of the Department of Middle East and North Africa, the Russian foreign Ministry Sergey Vershinin for the last two days, twice met with the delegation of the Syrian government, at least once with representatives of the Syrian opposition of the Higher Committee on negotiations (CPSU), “Moscow” and “Cairo” opposition groups and special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura.

Meetings were also held Gatilov and Vershinina with a representative of “Astana group” Randa kassis and integration “Damask platform” that participation in the negotiations is not accepted. Interim results of work in Geneva, the Deputy Minister summed up at the meeting with Russian journalists.

Differences remain

As stated Gatilov, “the current round is very difficult.” “Despite the fact that the last round had agreed on the agenda of four points, there are certain disagreements between the negotiating parties in relation to prioritising its constituent issues,” he explained.