UN postpones Syrian peace talks

Negotiations have been pushed back to March 9

UN postpones Syrian peace talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UN announced Tuesday the postponement of Syrian peace talks between the government and opposition members by two days.

Talks will now start March 9 to allow “adequate time to address logistical and practical matters” the UN's envoy on Syria said Tuesday.

Staffan de Mistura said he was looking forward to “Syrian participants’ engagement in serious discussions with a view to implementing Security Council resolution 2254”.

The resolution established a road-map for peace in Syria, including the outlines of a nationwide ceasefire and setting of a timetable for UN-facilitated talks.

The first Syrian talks in last two years started at the end of January 2016, but were suspended on February 3.

"This is not the end, and it is not the failure of the talks," de Mistura said at the time.

A cessation-of-hostilities agreement entered into force on February 27, paving the way for talks to resume.

Discussions are expected to focus on setting up an interim government, writing a constitution and staging elections within two years.

Initial priorities included establishing a cease-fire, supplying humanitarian aid and tackling the ISIL issue.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Mart 2016, 08:58