UN envoy ‘encouraged’ by latest talks on avoiding ‘worst-case scenario’ in Syria’s Idlib

Mistura Syria

UN Photo/Violaine Martin Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria on Wednesday detailed his most recent efforts to revive stalled peace talks which could end the brutal conflict that has been raging there for more than seven years.

“As instructed by the Secretary-General, I have been consulting with a broad spectrum of relevant stakeholders and proactively identified options for a meaningful re-launch” of the complex UN-led efforts in Geneva, to forge a lasting peace, said Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, briefing the Security Council via video-link.

Since January 2016, the Geneva-based envoy has conducted several rounds of negotiations between the warring Syrian parties – talks known as the Geneva process. The last meeting took place in Vienna, in late January.

The talks focus on how Syria will be governed; a timetable and process to draft a new constitution; and the holding of elections as the basis for a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned process, to end the brutal conflict.

Mr. de Mistura said he had been on a “tour” of consultations over the past two weeks, meeting with the Syrian Government and opposition, as well as Security Council members. He had also held talks with members of the Arab League, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, the European Union’s High Representative – as well as key European governments -Turkey, Russia and Iran.

“I returned to Geneva with a mixed picture,” he said, explaining that significant differences still remain between key actors, but all agree on the need to de-escalate the fighting and form a UN-sponsored constitutional committee.

If we see a Ghouta scenario in Idlib, this could be six times worse, affecting 2.3 million people – UN Special Envoy

They also agree on the need to create a “safe, calm and neutral environment”, he said, that enables the achievements of objectives in the political process and the need to respect Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.

“But these commonalities risk getting lost, especially in the absence of serious international dialogue,” Mr. de Mistura warned, adding that careful but proactive high-level diplomacy is required more than ever.

His office is assessing a number of creative options to revive and advance the Geneva process, he said.

Regarding the northern rebel-held area of Idlib, Mr. de Mistura said that if the Syrian government’s previously-used tactic of bombing a rebel territory followed by negotiations and then mass evacuations is repeated in Idlib, it could affect “six times” more people than the battle to retake the suburbs of Ghouta, near the capital Damascus.

“If we see a Ghouta scenario in Idlib, this could be six times worse, affecting 2.3 million people,” Mr. de Mistura said.

However, Mr. de Mistura said he was “encouraged” by talks earlier this week in the Kazakh capital Astana, which discussed ways to avoid “the worst-case scenario” in Idlib, referring to negotiations led by Russia, Turkey and Iran in parallel to the UN-led Geneva process.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

The Banking Union may lead to a Germanic Europe

Do the EU policies on agro-food smell?

Eurozone governed by an obscure body and gray procedures

China Unlimited – The chinese tourism in Lisbon

Eurobarometer: Not a single answer about what the Banking Union will cost to citizens

EFSF/ESM boss tells half truths about Troika’s doings

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) on the arrest of Turkish Medical Association leaders

China is the first non-EU country to invest in Europe’s €315 billion Plan

“Be aware where you put your I Agree signature on and something else”; now Facebook by default opts you in an unseen private data bazar

Security Council urged to act with ‘one strong voice’ on raft of ills plaguing Middle East and North Africa

Disintegrating Tories will void May’s pledge for Brexit deal in seven weeks

A Sting Exclusive: “Climate change-the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, yet overlooked in climate negotiations?” IFMSA wonders from COP21 in Paris

What living abroad does to your self-awareness

Asylum: deal to update EU fingerprinting database

Eurozone plans return to growth

Why lay people don’t expect anything good from G20

Commission criticised member states on blocking financial transaction tax

Does the Erasmus program really contribute to the construction of a solid EU identity?

Italy’s rescue operation Mare Nostrum shuts down with no real replacement. EU’s Triton instead might put lives at risk

Strong multilateral institutions key to tackling world’s dramatic challenges, UN chief says In Moscow

ECB describes in detail how it exploits the poor

MWC 2016 LIVE: Mobile World Congress shows off planes, trams and automobiles

Depression is the no. 1 cause of ill health and disability worldwide

Junker for Commission President: What were the stakes in this affair

ILO and EIB join forces for more and better quality employment

How tomorrow’s buildings will make you – and the planet – healthier

From drought to floods in Somalia; displacement and hunger worsen, says UN

The Americans are preparing for the next financial crisis

2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health 21-23 February 2017 in Sri Lanka

When is Berlin telling the truth about the EU banking union?

The consequences of Brexit seen by a European young entrepreneur

Commission imposes a fine of €561 million on Microsoft

UN Environment Assembly 2017: where the world convenes to #BeatPollution

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Changing the Face of Europe

Celebrate love, strengthen partnerships to end AIDS epidemic by 2030 says UN agency

Germany tries to save Europe from war between Ukraine and Russia

Millennials (and Gen X) – Here are the steps you should take to secure your financial future

Rehn ready to sacrifice part of the real economy

Easier Schengen Visas for non-EU holiday makers: A crucial issue for south Eurozone countries

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “No other problem has jeopardised the EU as much as the refugee question” Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, cries out from Davos

To all far-right partisans who exploit Charlie Hebdo atrocity: a peaceful reply given by a peaceful student

NATO summit, Brussels, 11-12/07/2018

The issue of mental health for modern young doctors

The European Youth Forum needs better signal for its “call” for Quality Internships

Medschool 4.0: how to succeed in the smart revolution of healthcare

CHINA: five letters that could mean…

Campaign kicks off with High-level Event on #FairInternships

MWC 2016 LIVE: Ford trumpets new in-vehicle system, “fundamentally rethinks” transportation

This Syrian national has been trapped at Kuala Lumpur airport for 3 months

The EU Commission fails to draw the right conclusions about corruption

What fighting malaria can teach us about linking purpose and business

The G7 fails to agree on growth but protects the big banks

‘Agile’, multilateral response vital to combat terrorism – UN chief Guterres

Why the West supports the yen’s devaluation and Japanese over-indebtedness

Macron crowned king of Europe in Washington D.C.; just a working meeting with Trump for Merkel

EU to fail 2050 Green targets due to lack of European citizens’ engagement

What Merkel and Macron are to tell Trump in Davos?

Catalonia secessionist leader takes Flemish ‘cover’; Spain risks more jingoist violence

A neo-liberal toll free Paradise for the super rich and tax hell for wage earners

Good Governance in developing modern quality infrastructure systems

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s