The seventh round of negotiations on Syria in Geneva under the aegis of the United Nations did not bring the expected breakthrough. This was announced on Saturday by the United Nations special envoy for the Syria crisis Staffan de Mistura, reports DW.
“Until now, Syrian government representatives and the insurgents communicated with each other in Geneva through intermediaries. According to de Mistura, the delegation of Syrian President Bashar Assad did not show the slightest willingness to negotiate on a transition stage. Meanwhile, the main opposition group in Syria - the "High Negotiations Committee" is trying to discuss the political transition process and thereby - the issue of the termination of Assad’s rule,” the agency writes.
Staffan de Mistura expressed hope that in the next round of dialogue planned for September the parties to the conflict will agree at least to sit down at the same table.
As Voice of America informs, quoting Mistura, the parties managed to achieve "some progress". "There was no breakthrough, but the talks were not disrupted, no one left them," Steffan de Mistura told reporters.
As it was reported earlier US-Russia cease-fire started to work in three zones of Syria. De-escalation zones are created in Dara`a, Quneitra, and Al-Suwayda.