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.
"The talks are still scheduled to resume on February 25, though, according to the latest information, they could be held not in Geneva, but in another Swiss city due to logistics," Kassis said.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting a so-called moderate opposition and numerous jihadist groups.
At the intra-Syrian negotiations Syrian opposition is represented by two delegations: the High Negotiations Committee, which was created in Saudi Arabia in December and includes representatives of some groups considered to be terrorist organizations by Syria and Russia, and a delegation created following talks in Moscow and Cairo.