UN Envoy briefs Security Council on upcoming Syria talks

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A view of the Security Council chamber. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Despite a recent reduction in violence, the situation in Syria remains a "mixed picture," UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday.

Dianne Penn reports on his briefing to the Security Council.

The UN Envoy told ambassadors that while the security situation in Syria has improved, humanitarian access continues to be a challenge.

The reduction in violence follows the creation of four "de-escalation zones" resulting from an agreement signed between Russia, Turkey and Iran in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, in May.

Mr De Mistura said the parties are set to meet again early in July, ahead of the next round of intra-Syrian talks set for 10-14 July in Geneva.

"As I see it, the ideal trajectory over the next two week could be, we hope, would be: progress in Astana on 4-5 July, then a further set of joint technical aspect meetings with the opposition groups in the same week, and then a continued discussion and dialogue, hopefully, among main international stakeholders, including at the G20 Summit in Hamburg on 7-8 July in which Syria cannot avoid to be one of the subjects; and all these in support of both the Astana efforts and the intra-Syrian Geneva-based political process."

Mr de Mistura also proposed holding additional talks ahead of the UN General Assembly in September.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'28"

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