UN envoy to reconvene Syrian talks next week

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UNITED NATIONS, May 10 (APP): The United Nations Special Envoy for
Syria, Staffan de Mistura, will reconvene the intra-Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva on May 16, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced here Tuesday.
“As preparations for talks continue, the special envoy reiterates his
hope that the agreement reached last week in Astana 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,” Dujarric told the regular noon briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.
De Mistrua will brief the UN Security Council later this month, he
said.
At the Astana talks on May 6, Russia, Iran and Turkey signed a
memorandum on the creation of four or more safe zones in Syria.
The de-escalation zones deal went into effect in Syria at midnight of
last Saturday, reports said. By June 4, guarantors of the deal will establish the exact borders of the zones, according to Russia’s Defence Ministry.
The third round of the Syria talks was held in Astana, capital of
Kazakhstan, on March 14-15. Representatives of Russia, Iran and Turkey, which had brokered a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, took part in the negotiations alongside the Syrian government delegation and experts from the United Nations, United States and Jordan.