22 May, Tuesday

The Syrian authorities refused to accept de Mistura in Damascus


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The Syrian authorities refused to accept a special UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, who was about to visit Damascus before the new round of talks in Geneva. About it reports RIA Novosti citing an informed source.

According to the interlocutor of the Agency, de Mistura appealed to Republic's leadership asking about the possibility of a visit to Syria on the eve of the Geneva meetings, which have been scheduled for the upcoming week. At the request of the official Damascus refused without explanation, stated the source.

He said that de Mistura "has become persona non grata in Damascus — both today and for the future".

The previous round of inter-Syrian talks was held in Geneva in late February — early March. While the opposition has no unified delegation that could act as a partner in dialogue with representatives of Damascus. Held until the meeting concerned only the format and procedures for further discussions.

Earlier Mistura has provided the delegations the document proposing to establish working groups on the Constitution, elections and transition of power in Syria.

Along with the Geneva format of talks, also held a series of meetings on the Syrian settlement in Astana.

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