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UN envoy seeks to restart Syrian peace talks in September

The United Nations hopes to restart peace talks on Syria in September said the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura on Thursday.

The Special Envoy said he and planned a brief round of UN diplomacy with opposition forces for mid-September.

Mr Mistura added that he hoped to restart further talks in Riyadh with three opposition delegations to understand the ground realities reports Reuters.

Stressing the importance of international actors to encourage the Syrian government to participate, he said,

“Regarding the government, we are counting very much on Russia, on Iran, on anyone who has got major influence, an on the government of Syria to be ready finally to initiate when they are invited to Geneva, a guanine, direct negotiation with whatever opposition platform comes out.”