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    UN Envoy for Syria to Brief Security Council on Syria Talks on March 8

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    UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will brief the Security Council on the results of intra-Syrian talks that are underway in Geneva on March 8, the UK Ambassador to the United Nations and the current Security Council President, Matthew Rycroft, said on Wednesday.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — A Sputnik correspondent reported that de Mistura has arrived at the hotel where Syria opposition's High Negotiations Committee representatives are staying to meet with the delegation.

    "The political [meeting of Security Council] is due on the 8th of March, Mr. de Mistura will report back on the Geneva talks that are ongoing," Rycroft told reporters.

     

    The HNC met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov earlier in the day. They discussed with Gatilov how the three baskets of issues for the talks — governance, constitution and elections — should be discussed. HNC insists it should not be a parallel discussion.

    Damascus delegation wants to include counterterrorism as a priority and as the forth 'basket' for the talks.

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