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    A member of the Syrian government delegation holds a bag picturing the Syrian national flag after a meeting with United Nations Syria envoy on Syrian Peace Talks on April 18, 2016 in Geneva

    Date for Intra-Syria Talks Renewal in Geneva Not Set Yet - Steinmeier

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    The date for renewal of the negotiations on the Syrian peace settlement in Geneva has not been set yet, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Steinmeier added that he had been monitoring the efforts of Russia, Turkey and other countries contributing to the de-escalation of the crisis in Syria.

    "We should discuss the role of Europe in [settlement] process and to insist on the transfer of the negotiations on Syria's future back to the United Nations… At the moment we cannot say that it has already been ensured and we also cannot say when the renewal of Geneva talks is expected," Steinmeier told reporters.

    On December 17, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed in a phone call the possibility of a meeting between the Syrian conflicting parties in Astana. Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev supported the initiative and expressed readiness to provide a platform for such talks in the Kazakh capital.


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