Syria talks set to begin in Geneva as fragile truce holds

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The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, speaking in Geneva ahead of “substantive” talks set to start on Monday. Photo: UN/Anne-Laure Lechat

In Syria, efforts to deliver desperately needed aid are continuing, but several areas are still out of bounds to humanitarian convoys the UN said Wednesday, as the country's warring parties prepare to arrive in Geneva for peace talks.

UN negotiator Staffan de Mistura said that he was prepared to talk "with whoever is arriving" to discuss the future of Syria, which lies in ruins after five years of war.

With a fragile truce generally holding almost two weeks after it came into force, de Mistura said success depended on whether the warring parties could contain deliberate attempts to derail the negotiations.

Here's Daniel Johnson's report from Geneva.

Duration: 2'18"

 

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