De Mistura calls for talks between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria
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Staffan de Mistura , the UN special envoy to Syria , he said, should be Russia, Iran and Turkey, to hold further talks on a ceasefire in Syria as soon as possible in order to control the situation "worrying" on the ground.
In the center of de Mistura in a new round of political talks in Geneva, but it is supposed to separate talks, arranged Russia, Iran and Turkey, in the Kazakh capital Astana aims to ensure that the cease-fire.
De Mistura said that, proposed to discuss the situation , "and I hope to hold a meeting in Astana as soon as possible in order to control the situation is worrying."
The agreement "cessation of hostilities" in Syria is fragile since the beginning of its application on 30 December, have failed three rounds of talks in Astana to stop fighting altogether.
The armed opposition launched this week, the biggest offensive in months where attacked government - controlled areas around Damascus and near the city of Hama.
While the cease-fire talks have not achieved tangible result, it was the first political round of talks in Geneva procedural and only result in the agenda of the current round of work includes four topics: a new constitution and new elections and the reform of the system of governance and the fight against terrorism. De Mistura said , "I do not expect miracles .. I do not expect a breakthrough .. I do not expect a collapse , " he said , adding that, hoping to take a "gradual steps".
He described Bashar al- Jaafari , head of the Syrian government delegation in the peace negotiations after a meeting with the United Nations envoy to all dissidents and their supporters as "terrorists" and said, discussing the war on terrorism will be a priority in the talks.
On the other side , head of the opposition delegation Nasr Hariri vowed to continue to press for a political transition in Syria, he said, he wants to signal Jaafari that he is serious on the consideration of the case.
Hariri said " the focus should now be on the political transition" with a clear objective is to meet the needs of the Syrian people and to end the suffering.
On the other hand said the Russian army, on Saturday, that the declaration of France besieged tenderness, a stronghold of al - Daesh in Syria, and the imminent start of the battle to restore "nothing to do with reality."
The spokesman said the Russian military spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement that " the optimism of the French defense minister , who announced the complete encirclement of tenderness (...) not related to the field of reality and the situation."
He announced the French Defense Minister Jean - Yves Odrian Friday that tenderness " under siege" and the battle will begin to recover "in the coming days."
He added Konashenkov "Obviously for any military specialist that the liberation of tenderness, will not be a picnic for the International Alliance", pointing out that the duration of the process and its success remain subject to the ability of the parties to "movements with all forces that address international terrorism in Syria coordination." And compare with the ongoing battle to restore Mosul, another stronghold of the biggest terrorists in Iraq, saying , "Even the most optimistic are no longer convinced of the full liberalization of the conductor of the organization Daesh this year."
In a related context, the Russian Defense Ministry said that, the channels of communication between Russia and the United States regarding aviation safety in the Syrian airspace «operate efficiently», according to news agency «Interfax» Russian news. The ministry said that the officials held a conference video with their American counterparts yesterday (Friday), and discussed possible measures to develop a memorandum of understanding between them regarding aviation safety over Syria , which was ratified in 2015.
The agency quoted the ministry as saying: «was confirmed that there are no events Remember because of the Russian air force and the coalition that the US - led Syria 's actions. "
agreed senior in the two military leaders during a meeting held in Azerbaijan in February to improve communication between them to ensure that there are no« unintended events »in an apparent attempt to avoid any confrontation in Syrian airspace.
this comes At a time when Russian planes carried out raids on Hama to stop the progress of armed factions, while the international envoy looking to Syria Staffan de Mistura held meetings with the delegations of the government and the «Supreme negotiating body» opposition amid differences in priorities between Damascus focus on the fight against terrorism and stuck to the opposition to examine the political transition .