MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Syrian peace talks were expected to restart in Switzerland on February 25 after the previous round failed in Geneva on February 3.
“The Riyadh group threatened to boycott the talks completely, that is why [UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan] de Mistura made a compromise to postpone the talks in order to create favorable circumstances for the talks, to eliminate all the reasons for a boycott,” Jamil said clarifying that the UN envoy decided to wait until the cessasion of hostilities and the deliveries of humanitarian relief had actually begun.
This week, Russia and the United States announced an agreement on the cessation of hostilities between the Syrian government and armed opposition factions in the country. The agreement will come into force on February 27.
Jamil welcomed the US-Russian agreement on the cessation of hostilities, saying “it has chances to succeed because there are no other alternatives.”