"I cannot realistically call new Geneva talks for the 25th of February. We need ten days for preparations and [to send out] invitations. But we aim to do so soon," de Mistura told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper in an interview.
According to de Mistura, only a ceasefire and humanitarian progress in Syria will make the talks credible.
On January 29, the talks between the Syrian government and representatives of the country's opposition factions began in Geneva. On February 3, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura decided to postpone the talks as the parties were unable to reach a compromise on a number of issues. The opposition and government delegations blamed each other for the breakdown of the talks.