UN envoy to press Syrian regime as peace talks 'go deeper'

United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura (L) faces delegates from the main opposition group during Syrian peace talks in Geneva on February 1, 2016The UN envoy for Syria was set Tuesday to press President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to ease the suffering of ordinary Syrians after declaring the official start of indirect peace talks with the opposition in Geneva. Staffan de Mistura said that on Monday the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) had made the “very strong point” that parallel to any talks, the Syrian people “deserve to hear and see facts on the ground”. “When I meet the Syrian people they tell me don’t just have a conference, have also something that we can see and touch while you are meeting in Geneva,” de Mistura told reporters late Monday.

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