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UN Envoy for Syria to Hold Consults in Geneva in May

© REUTERS / Pierre Albouy United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura addresses the media during a press conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, January 15, 2015
United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura addresses the media during a press conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, January 15, 2015 - Sputnik International
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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura plans to hold reconciliation talks in Geneva in May.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura plans to hold reconciliation talks in Geneva in May, UN Security Council's April President Dina Kawar told reporters on Friday.

"The UN Security Council members heard a briefing from Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura on his effort to facilitate reaching a political solution for conflict in Syria," Kawar said.

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De Mistura wants refocus negotiation on Syria, narrowing gaps toward a political solution based on the Geneva communique, she added.

"The envoy mentioned what he will do next month in Geneva, holding separate meetings with the Syrian parties, representatives of the civil society and regional and international actors. He will provide his assessment to the Secretary General and keep the Security Council informed," Kawar noted.

Later on Friday, de Mistura told journalists he will report to the UN Secretary General on his progress by the end of June.

"This is not Geneva Three, this is a series of consultation, one to one," he said commenting on the upcoming sessions.

Syria has been in a state of civil war for the past four years, with government forces engaged against various militias. Syria's warring parties have met twice over the last three years at UN-backed Geneva conferences but failed to reach a practical solution toward ending the violence.

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