Geneva: Peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Syria will resume in Geneva on March 9, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura`s office said Tuesday, announcing a two-day postponement.
“Intra-Syrian peace talks will resume in the afternoon of 9 March,” de Mistura`s office said in a statement.
“The 7th of March 2016 was initially set as the target date for the resumption of peace talks,” but a short delay was needed “to allow adequate time to address logistical and practical matters.”
“Mr. de Mistura looks forward to Syrian participants` engagement in serious discussions,” the statement added.
A first round of talks which began early last month was cut short amid intensifying Russian airstrikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad`s forces.
Warring parties, excluding the Islamic State group and al Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, have agreed to a truce brokered by the US and Russia, which the United Nations has said is broadly holding despite isolated incidents of fighting.
The UN has said an extended commitment to the ceasefire by all sides would raise hope of the talks succeeding, after repeated diplomatic efforts to end the conflict have failed.
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