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    Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that if the ceasefire in Syria stabilizes and humanitarian corridors start to deliver supplies to besieged cities, the parties may sit at the negotiating table in Geneva earlier than when Ramadan begins.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The next intra-Syrian talks in Geneva might resume before the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, beginning on June 6, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday.

    "This week is the key: if the ceasefire stabilizes and humanitarian corridors start to deliver supplies to besieged cities, the parties may sit at the negotiating table in Geneva earlier than when Ramadan begins, I assume," he told the Italian daily La Stampa.

    Earlier a UN official close to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told Sputnik that the warring sidess are likely to resume talks after Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims during which adherents must fast during the daytime and devote themselves to prayers.

    The intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva are UN-sponsored negotiations between the parties to the Syrian conflict. The last round of proximity talks took place in Geneva on April 13-27. The Riyadh-formed High Negotiations Committee, a coalition of 34 opposition groups, left the discussions citing breaches of the ceasefire regime and the lack of progress on humanitarian issues.

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