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May 4 Consultations on Syria to Be Held Behind Closed Doors — UN

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Consultations on resolving the Syrian conflict will be held with no media access, according to the statement of the United Nations.

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UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Consultations on resolving the Syrian conflict, organized by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, that will start in Geneva on May 4 and continue for up to six weeks, will be held with no media access, the United Nations said in a statement Friday.

"There will be no photo opportunities, no stakeouts, and no interviews while the consultations are being conducted at the Palais [Palace of Nations in Geneva]. However, periodic photo and video feeds will be provided by UN Photo and UN Television," the statement published on the UN website read.

De Mistura and Deputy Special Envoy Ramzy Ezzeldine Ramzy will hold closed talks with parties of the conflict, according to the United Nations.

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The UN Information Service in Geneva and the special envoy's public information officer will make updates on the progress of consultations when necessary, the UN said. However, no major announcements are expected in the course of the talks.

De Mistura has invited representatives of the Syrian government, opposition and non-governmental organizations to review the extent of 2012 Geneva Communique implementation, as well as regional and international parties, the statement read.

Last week, the special envoy announced a series of one-to-one consultations on Syrian reconciliation. He said that a report will be presented to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by the end of June.

Syria has been in a state of civil war for the past four years, with government forces engaged in a war against various militias, including the Islamic State. 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 that has killed more than 220,000 people.

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