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    U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (3rd R) looks at members of his staff at the opening of a meeting with Syrian government representatives during Syrian Peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 24, 2016

    Understanding Between US, Russia Needed to Begin Next Round of Syrian Talks

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    A common ground between Russian and the United States is needed to begin the next round of intra-Syrian talks, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Tuesday.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — He said earlier that an agreement to begin the intra-Syrian talks was still planned to be reached in August.

    "The next round [of Syrian talks] which as you know I have postponed until I have a formal reassurance that at least two co-chairs [of ISSG, Russia and the United States] may have a common ground on which we can start working. Two co-chairs will be able to actually prepare the ground for the cessation of hostilities which will then be regionally accepted by everyone including the government of Syria and opposition forces," de Mistura said.

    The latest round of intra-Syrian talks took place in Geneva on April 13-27. The Moscow-Cairo group, particularly its Moscow platform led by Qadri Jamil, proposed the idea of appointing several deputies for Syrian President Bashar Assad, and delegating his full powers to them.

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