Violence in zones of de-escalation in Syria has decreased, said de Mistura
MOSCOW, 8 Feb — RIA Novosti. Violence in zones of de-escalation in Syria over the past month declined significantly, said the UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura after a meeting with Russian defense Minister army General Sergei Shoigu in Moscow.
“We both agreed that over the last month significantly decreased the violence in Syria, including in the areas of de-escalation. We agreed to hold monthly study and evaluation of the results in de-escalation and reduction of violence,” de Mistura told reporters.
In addition, according to him, it had been common opinion that against the background of de-escalation should be actively carried out demining activities, humanitarian assistance to the population and the return of the detained persons.
“Certainly, we hoped that the process of the talks in Astana will continue. I know that the next meeting in Astana was postponed, but I hope it will take place and this process will continue, particularly in relation to de-escalation,” — said the representative of the United Nations.
However, he noted that the process of de-escalation and reconciliation is impossible without a political settlement.
“Undoubtedly, these consultations will continue, because I am convinced that they are useful and necessary for both parties”, — said de Mistura.