GENEVA / SYRIA TALKS

14-Jul-2017 00:02:13
Speaking to reporters in the early hours of Saturday, Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura said that “incremental progress” has been made in the latest round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, while there was “no breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out." UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA TALKS
TRT: 02:13
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 JULY 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / RECENT
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RECENT, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations at night

15 JULY 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“We made, as we were expecting and hoping, incremental progress. No breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out, incremental progress.”
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“You remember that in the previous round we had established a technical consultative mechanism which is one way to actually get deeper into issues. Why did we do it? Why are we doing it? First, because we do need to go technically in detail on many subjects that are not necessarily the most contentious one, so that when we are ready with the real negotiation or substantive negotiation which may be not that far we have taken care of a lot.”
6. Wide shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“In addition to this technical agreement or in the progress I would say, there has been a generous effort among them (the opposition) to build something they didn’t have before, trust, mutual trust. I would not have imagined two months ago that they would have been sitting in such an intensive and constructive way together in confidence.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“Regarding the political talks, the government also conveyed to us their readiness to engage the UN next round on all four baskets. We have been asking them then to get prepared for that.”
10. Med shot, journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“I intend to convene Intra-Syrian talks in early September and I have asked the parties to be ready to offer clear, substantive positions on issues across all four baskets, and we hope that we will be at least pushing them to sit in the same room. We will see if by that time the international momentum that is benefiting our work and is helping us may be able to actually push all sides to finally sit in the same room and start talking about substance.”
12. Wide shot, journalists
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14. Med shot, journalists
STORYLINE
Speaking to reporters in the early hours of Saturday (15 Jul), Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura said that “incremental progress” has been made in the latest round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, while there was “no breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out."

De Mistura said the goal of this round of negotiations was “to go technically in detail on many subjects that are not necessarily the most contentious one, so that when we are ready with the real negotiation or substantive negotiation which may be not that far we have taken care of a lot.”

The Special Envoy said “in addition to this technical agreement or in the progress I would say, there has been a generous effort among them (the opposition) to build something they didn’t have before, trust, mutual trust.”

De Mistura said that the Syrian government conveyed “their readiness to engage the UN next round on all four baskets.”

He announced that he intends to convene a new round of talks in early September and has “asked the parties to be ready to offer clear, substantive positions on issues across all four baskets,” and expressed hope at the possibility that all sides will “finally sit in the same room and start talking about substance.”

Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a conflict that has forced more than half of all Syrians to leave their homes. An estimated 5 million Syrians have fled the country and more than 6 million are internally displaced. The crisis, described as the worst humanitarian disaster of our time with more than 13 million people in need of assistance, has caused untold suffering for Syrian men, women and children.
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