Geneva talks to reconvene next week

The next round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva will be held next Tuesday, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Monday.

He said he hopes the agreement on the creation of four safe zones in Syria, reached last week during the Astana talks on Syrian reconciliation, will be fully implemented, thus bringing about a significant de-escalation in violence, and helping shape an environment conducive to the political intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.

On Monday, Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said Damascus will abide by Russia's plan for de-escalation zones if rebels observed it, adding the insurgents should help drive jihadists from opposition-controlled areas.

Source: VOV5