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    United Nations (UN) special envoy Staffan de Mistura (C-L) sits facing Syria's main opposition group during Syrian peace talks at the UN Offices in Geneva. (File)

    Intra-Syrian Talks Likely to Resume Early in July

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    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that the next round of the UN-backed intra-Syrian talks will be held in the beginning of July following the holy month of Ramadan.

    Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and Head of the Government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari (3rd L) faces UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura (2nd R) at the opening of a new round of negotiations of peace talks on Syria at the United Nations Office in Geneva in this March 21, 2016 (File photo)
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UN-backed intra-Syrian talks are likely to resume in the beginning of July following the holy month of Ramadan, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Tuesday.

    "Most likely after Ramadan. Some contacts can be made before and even during Ramadan, but as far as I understand the official resumption or the start of a new round of intra-Syrian talks under de Mistura's mediation will take place after Ramadan," Bogdanov told RIA Novosti.

    "It seems as if the Syrians are still not ready to initiate direct contacts, although it would be an optimal development, as well as the participation of Kurds, the Democratic Union Party," the diplomat added.

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