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.