U.N. SYRIA ENVOY TO MEET TURKEY, IRAN AND RUSSIA FOREIGN MINISTERS AS CEASEFIRE DUE TO EXPIRE




İrem UZUN -TDO- According to the Reuters, The United Nations (U.N.) special envoy for Syria on Monday called for the ceasefire in northeastern Syria to be extended as he tries to move ahead with a political process to end the eight-year-old war. Envoy Geir Pedersen said he would meet foreign ministers from Turkey, Iran and Russia, all significant players in conflict, in Geneva on Tuesday, a day before the first meeting of Syria’s Constitutional Committee.

The committee is seen as key to paving the way for political reform and free and fair U.N.-supervised elections in the country, where the war has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions to flee.“We are strongly appealing for the ceasefires to be respected and that we have also been appealing for a nationwide ceasefire to come into effect,” Pedersen told a news conference.“We do believe that the fighting going on is just another proof of the importance to get a serious political process under way that can help sorting out the problems in all of Syria, including in the northeast and obviously also Idlib,” he said.

Turkey, Russia and Iran have had a series of attempted ceasefire deals but fighting has rumbled on, albeit with lulls. Turkey’s Cavusoglu, Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif and Russia’s Sergei Lavrov are to meet in Geneva as the pause expires before the 150-member Syrian panel convenes under U.N. auspices on Wednesday.The gathering, with support from powers backing both sides, marks the first political agreement between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and the opposition, Pedersen said.“It commits the government and the opposition and their nominees to sit together face-to-face in dialogue and negotiation,” he said.


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