Switzerland: Gatilov and de Mistura discuss next round of Syria peace talks

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met to discuss 8th round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday. De Mistura arrived at the Permanent Mission of Russian Federation to the UN in Geneva, where he was met by Gatilov and other officials. Two high-ranking officials are also expected to discuss preparations for the Syrian... Еще National Dialogue Congress (Congress of the Peoples of Syria) that is scheduled on the 18th of November in Sochi, where various tribal, ethnic and religious groups are invited. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the congress is aimed to expand the scope of participants in the Syrian peace process. Among the invitees are reportedly three Kurdish organisations, including the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDPS). Round eight of the intra-Syrian talks will be held in Geneva on the 28th of November. Announcing the peace talks last month, Staffan de Mistura stressed that the aim is «to move into real negotiations on constitution and UN-supervised elections.»

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