Latest Syria talks wrap up: 'No breakthrough, no breakdown'

Latest Syria talks wrap up: 'No breakthrough, no breakdown'

Latest Syria talks wrap up: 'No breakthrough, no breakdown'

The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced the conclusion of the latest round of the Syria peace talks, saying that the next round will convene in September.

But asked if it could happen before the next round of Geneva negotiations, slated for late August, de Mistura told reporters: "Perhaps even earlier".

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The Chinese envoy, on his fourth trip to Geneva for peace talks on Syria, said that another priority now for the talks is to consolidate the ceasefire on the ground and at the same time achieve some periodical results.

No direct talks in sight between Syria's warring sides

The main opposition group, the High Negotiations Committee, wants a focus on political transition, meaning an end to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

"We have made, as we were expecting and hoping, incremental progress".

De Mistura stressed the importance of helping the opposition to launch closer cooperation with each other, adding that the mechanism of technical consultations was very efficacious for the goal in terms of laying the groundwork for direct talks.

According to the Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations, at the meeting with De Mistura, he spoke of recent progresses in the fight against extremists and terrorists, and stressed the need that the UN Security Council and the global community support these efforts in a decisive way.

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The HNC argues that the regime stresses the terrorism issue to distract from Assad s future, the massive hurdle in the way of any prospective deal.

He also said that, prior to the talks, the sides were expected to do meaningful work on the four "baskets" the Constitution, elections, administration, and struggle with terrorism.

The HNC again blasted the regime for stalling the process.

Since the war in Syria broke out in March 2011, the crisis has claimed more than 320,000 lives and displaced millions, the United Nations estimated. It has been a bedrock text underlying de Mistura's efforts.

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