United Nations will send Syria envoy to Russian Federation peace conference

Lucy Bush
January 28, 2018

A Western diplomatic source said that if Moscow wanted its own peace talks in Sochi to be successful, it must push its ally Assad into accepting the need for a political transition, as agreed by the UN Security Council in 2015.

The chief negotiator for the Syrian opposition, Nasr Hariri, said the next two days would be a real test for all sides to prove their commitment to a political solution rather than a military one.

"Russia has not succeeded in promoting its conference", the HNC said on its Twitter account.

Russian Federation is reported to have sent out 1,600 invitations to its two-day "peace congress" in the Black Sea resort of Sochi next week to discuss a constitution for Syria.

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Separate UN-backed talks began in Vienna on Thursday, to continue until Friday.

De Mistura, speaking to reporters early Saturday, admitted there had been a disheartening lack of progress up until now.

The Iranian diplomat is also expected to sit for talks with other senior Syrian officials over the latest developments in the war-stricken country, a Farsi report by the Fars News Agency said.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will send his Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to Sochi next week to attend the Russia-sponsored Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue, talks reportedly on a political solution towards ending the seven- year Syrian conflict.

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The Syrian National Dialogue Congress is due to take place in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi on January 29-30.

Before the SNC announcement, United Nations officials said they were still "evaluating the situation" before making a decision as to whether to attend the Sochi talks.

He noted that if the Russians want to bring peace to Syria they should put their efforts on Geneva talks.

"We invited Lebanon to the Sochi summit meeting", Russian Ambassador Alexander Zaspkin said in a news conference after the meeting with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Beirut.

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The US and its allies are responsible for bloodshed in Syria "and they have no right to determine the future of the situation in Syria", he said.

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