UN envoy says February 25 Syria talks unrealistic

UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (L), speaks to the press as he leaves his hotel in the Syrian capital Damascus on February 18, 2016The UN special envoy for Syria has warned that the planned resumption of troubled peace talks next week was not realistic, a Swedish newspaper reported Friday. “I cannot realistically call for new Geneva talks starting on February 25,” Staffan de Mistura was quoted as telling the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper. Indirect talks in Geneva between the Syrian government and the opposition collapsed on February 3 after a Russian-backed regime onslaught on the northern city of Aleppo, and a second round was pencilled in for February 25.

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