Switzerland: Talks with Syrian govt. 'long but useful' — UN's de Mistura

Journalist (English): «Did he tell you how long he plans to stay?» Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy to Syria (English): «Well, we will be discussing [it] this afternoon. What I know is that we are intending to renew the meetings next week, and we intend to have them next week as well. Now if anyone wants to have a weekend off, and they are always free to do so for consultations. What is... Еще important [is] that we have an ongoing process of discussions, and that will be one of the subjects. Thank you.» Journalists (English): «[Inaudible].» Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy to Syria (English): «Sorry. We will be discussing all those matters as well.» Journalist (English): «How was the atmosphere in the meeting?» Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy to Syria (English): «The atmosphere in the meeting was constructive and professional. Thank you.» Journalist (English): «Are you going to the UN headquarters now?» Staffan de Mistura, (English): «Thank you. At the headquarters.» Journalist (English): «Are you having a meeting with the opposition today?» Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy to Syria (English): «We are going to have ongoing meetings, both with the opposition and with the government today. I can't tell you exactly what time.» Journalist (English): «But today?» UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura stated that he had had «a long but very useful» meeting with the Syrian government delegation, when speaking outside the Hotel Movenpick in Geneva, Wednesday. De Mistura said, «I just had a long but very useful, in my opinion, meeting with the delegation of the government of Syria, and we decided that we need to continue having this meeting, now, at 5:30 in the UN headquarters. This will be the first official meeting that we will be holding this evening with the government, and then we will continue tomorrow as well.» He also noted that he would have «ongoing meetings, both with the opposition and with the government today.» The talks are part of the eighth round of negotiations over the Syrian crisis. Negotiators are hoping to achieve a political solution to the ongoing Syria crisis. Topics for discussion are said to include fresh elections and a new constitution.

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