New round of Syria talks set for March 23, UN Envoy says
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 10, 2017,
Mar 10, 2017, 14:43
She said that Syria is no longer going to be a "safe haven for terrorists".
A crackdown by Assad on pro-democracy protesters in 2011 led to civil war and Islamic State militants have used the chaos to seize territory in Syria and Iraq.
More than half of the people of Syria have been displaced and there have been over 400,000 deaths as a result of the war.
The main outcome of these meetings was agreement on rules for a joint operational group to monitor the ceasefire regime in Syria paving the way for the parties to discuss the political agenda within the framework of the Geneva Process and in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015).
She did not respond to questions on whether the United States believed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, should step down.
Haley said that the USA supports the United Nations and the Syrian mediator's work.
After the briefing, De Mistura said to reporters that another round of peace talks would take place on 23rd March.
The recent round of talks in Geneva that was supposed to discuss political solution to Syrian conflict ended with no tangible result as it was turned into a polemic between United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura and the Syrian opposition, and then between de Mistura and the Syrian regime's delegation.
President Donald Trump's UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters on Wednesday that in order to stabilize Syria, it must not be allowed to remain a "safe haven for terrorists", and that it is vital "we get Iran and their proxies out".
He said that the talks went better than expected.
The UN envoy sounded cautiously optimistic, saying that while there were no "miracles" during the last round, "we achieved much more than many people had imagined we could have".