MOSCOW (Sputnik) – UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said in an interview with Arab media on Saturday he envisioned the reconciliation talks in Geneva to kick off on March 10.
"In my opinion we will start on the 10th of the month. This process kicks off. Some will arrive on the ninth. Others, because of difficulties in matters of hotel reservation, will arrive on the 11th," de Mistura told the Al Hayat daily.
The envoy said the "unusual" talks would be held indirectly by a process of separate meetings at different dates and different rooms.
The latest round, more than a month after de Mistura suspended the previous sit-down, comes as Russia and the United States reached an agreement on a ceasefire that took effect on February 27 and has been observed for the most part since then.