U.N. Confirms New Push for Syria Talks, Iran to Be Invited

Confirming a Reuters report, the United Nations said on Tuesday that its Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura planned to consult Syrian factions and interested countries on a new round of peace talks.
A U.N. spokesman in Geneva, Ahmad Fawzi, said de Mistura was "heavily engaged" in discussions on the process, which would be based on the Geneva communiqué, the June 2012 document that set out a path to peace and political transition but left unresolved the future role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
U.N.-led peace talks collapsed a year ago, but Reuters reported on Monday that de Mistura was proposing to hold fresh consultations, having been instructed to revive the political track by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Fawzi said, no invitations to the talks, which will be held in Geneva, have yet been sent out.