Staffan de Mistura
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GENEVA, July 15. /TASS/. Special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura said the change of rhetoric on Syria in the Security Council of the world organization.
“It was an important meeting on Friday in the UN security Council, which expressed support for what we do, – the diplomat said at a press conference on the results of the seventh round of inter-Syrian negotiations. – There was something I had not seen for a long time in the UN security Council, – qualitative change of rhetoric”.
“It is obvious that the talks on Syria in Astana, in particular the initiatives on areas of de-escalation, negotiations of presidents of Russia and the United States in Hamburg, a meeting between the presidents of France and the United States in Paris are in line with those priorities on which we work together – said the emissary. All this helps the atmosphere of our work .”
On inter-Syrian negotiations, held in Geneva from 10 to 14 July, has been progress but no breakthrough, said de Mistura.
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“We achieved, as expected and hoped for more progress,” he said, adding that “there is no breakthrough or failure”.
The emissary reported that during the round you created earlier in the negotiations of the Advisory technical mechanism for discussions at the expert level “has proved effective”. In this regard, he commended the outcome of such consultations, held in Switzerland on the eve of the “Geneva-7” with the participation of representatives of the Syrian opposition. In particular, “identified areas for possible common approach” three “platforms” of the opposition, “Cairo”, “Moscow” and “Riyadh” (the Highest Committee in the negotiations) on issues of elections in Syria.
De Mistura said that he hoped for direct negotiations of representatives of the government of the Arab Republic and the opposition in the new round of meetings in Geneva in September. “We will conduct a new round in early September. Parties need to prepare meaningful in the four “baskets” (the Constitution, elections, governance and the fight against terrorism – approx. TASS), said the emissary. – Want them to sit in the same room at the negotiating table”.
“There was a time, helping our work that could push all parties in the end to sit in one room and start negotiations on the merits,” he said.
“We need to help the opposition to cooperate more closely with each other. Mechanism technical advice of the opposition was very effective in creating the Foundation for [direct] negotiations, said the emissary. – Among the opposition created what we saw two months ago is mutual trust.”
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Staffan de Mistura, praised made by the President of France Emmanuel Macron, the idea of establishing a contact group on Syria. The emissary said that he welcomes the help of the negotiation process.
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De Mistura stressed that “France as one of the five permanent members of the UN security Council is very much weighted in favour of the active role of the UN, and she made a series of initiatives” related to the settlement in the Arab country. “On Thursday evening I discussed it with senior French diplomats who insisted that all this implies and will imply support for what we’re trying to do,” said the emissary of the UN, answering a question of journalists on how it relates to the initiative of the head of the Fifth Republic on the establishment of a contact group on Syria. “I warmly welcome it,” said de Mistura.
The special envoy reported that “very intense contact with the team of the President of Macron in the last two months.” “We discussed how France with a dynamic and very active President could facilitate the work of the UN,” he explained.
According to the results held on Thursday in Paris for talks with U.S. President Donald trump, the President of France Emmanuel macron announced that his country has changed doctrine in relation to Syria. According to him, it must be built, political stability in the long term. To implement this plan of action, in addition to ongoing military operations, it will take a diplomatic initiative, and therefore the parties have agreed to initiate the establishment of the contact group, which would include the permanent members of the UN security Council, regional powers and other interested parties.
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