GENEVA / SYRIA DE MISTURA

19-May-2017 00:03:27
Wrapping the latest round of intra-Syrian talks today in Geneva, the United Nations Envoy for Syria said “this round of talks, there is less rhetoric, more business like atmosphere and we make incremental progress.” UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA DE MISTURA
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DATELINE: 19 MAY 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“This round of talks, there is less rhetoric, more business like atmosphere and we make incremental progress. Our goals remains clear: negotiated framework agreement, and negotiated political transition process as per (Resolution) 2254. One step per time”.
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
”We simply started a process of separate expert meetings on legal and constitutional issues, chaired by the OSE (Office of the Special Envoy), the UN experts. I am pleased that this process has indeed began. It began yesterday, we had only 4 days, so we had to start after some preparation and it began yesterday and continued indeed today. And I look forward to push this additional element forward and enriching through that the UN facilitated Intra- Syrian talks in Geneva”.
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“The four baskets and the official discussions will and have to continue. But we do have now a new process which can and should take place while the talks take place and perhaps even between them. So that we actually go much more business-like, especially on a subject that we believe covers every other subject which is the constitutional ideas and issues”.
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“The real efforts, and I have to admit, there were real efforts, were made in this round to have experts from the Cairo and the Moscow platforms to attend the UN hosted expert meetings – which I just referred to you - with the main opposition delegation announced on the 11 February. This was not yet possible, they are still being discussing and negotiating about it. But we will continue to push for these efforts since this would send in our opinion a positive signal that the oppositions groups, at least at the level of the technical discussions, are willing and capable to work together”.
10. Med shot, journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria: “I had also today a constructive and timely trilateral meeting with senior representatives of the United States and Russia early this afternoon. We discussed the talks and beyond. I plan to brief the Security Council early next week as a customary and as my duty I will be consulting with the Secretary-General on dates for the next round of talks”.
12. Close up, journalist
13. Wide shot, Special Envoy leaving
STORYLINE
Wrapping the latest round of intra-Syrian talks today in Geneva, the United Nations Envoy for Syria said “this round of talks, there is less rhetoric, more business like atmosphere and we make incremental progress.”

The latest round of the Intra-Syrian talks to reach a negotiated peace in the war-torn country concluded Friday (19 May) as planned at the United Nations in Geneva.

Speaking to media in the Swiss city, UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura resumed that “this round of talks, there is less rhetoric, more business like atmosphere and we make incremental progress, our goals remains clear: negotiated framework agreement, and negotiated political transition process as per (Resolution) 2254. One step per time”.

The top negotiator for Syria further explained that “we simply started a process of separate expert meetings on legal and constitutional issue, chaired by the OSE (Office of the Special Envoy), the UN experts and I am pleased that this process has indeed began”.

De Mistura said that “it began yesterday; we had only 4 days, so we had to start after some preparation and it began yesterday and continued indeed today. And I look forward to push this additional element forward and enriching through that the UN facilitated Intra- Syrian talks in Geneva”.

The Special Envoy said that the four baskets - political transition, free and fair elections, a new constitution and counter-terrorism measures - and the official discussions will have to continue. He said that “we do have now a new process which can and should take place while the talks take place and perhaps even between them. So that we actually go much more business-like, especially on a subject that we believe covers every other subject which is the constitutional ideas and issues”.

Staffan de Mistura stressed that the UN is not seeking to write a constitution and it was for the Syrian people to do so.

After 5 days of meetings with the Syrian government and opposition groups, as well as with representatives from the United States and the Russian Federation, the UN Syria Envoy is looking into further talks during the month of June.

He said that “I had today a constructive and timely trilateral meeting with senior representatives of the United States and Russia early this afternoon. We discussed the talks and beyond. I plan to brief the Security Council early next week as a customary and as my duty I will be consulting with the Secretary-General on dates for the next round of talks”.
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