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Switzerland: De Mistura meets Jaafari as intra-Syrian talks resume despite tensions

0 25.04.2016 Инфо

United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura met with the head of the Syrian government delegation and Permanent Representative of Syria to the UN Bashar Jaafari in Geneva on Monday, to resume the latest round of intra-Syrian peace talks despite concerns that the Syrian opposition delegation could suspend its participation over a lack of humanitarian progress on the ground.
The meeting is in line with a press statement made by Jaafari on Friday where he said talks would resume Monday.
Negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition forces have resumed after previous discussions ended on March 24. The main goal is to end the five-year conflict in Syria, following the initial implementation of a ceasefire, and an increase in first aid to civilians, as well as the establishment of a broad opposition against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL).