MOSCOW, 4 February. U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have agreed to make efforts to pause in the intra-Syrian talks was as short as possible, said the Russian foreign Ministry.
Lavrov and Kerry agreed to coordinate joint actions for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to blocked areas of Syria by air, said the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation.
De Mistura put on pause the negotiations, which were not
Kerry said that during a recent conversation with Lavrov reached an understanding on the need to discuss the ceasefire in Syria, Reuters reports.
The head of U.S. diplomacy takes part in the conference of donor countries of Syria, held in London.
In addition, Kerry hopes that intra-Syrian talks in Geneva will resume in February, and this period will not be wrapped. About this he wrote on his official Twitter page.
He also noted that the Syrian government must stop its attacks on areas under opposition control, and to ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance there.
The three-week break
Earlier it became known that the inter-Syrian talks, the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura tried to start in Geneva, postponed for three weeks, in fact, right at the beginning.
De Mistura: if negotiations in Geneva fail, the people of Syria no longer hope
“I decided to take a break… We’ll meet again in Geneva on 25 February,”. This statement became for the audience a surprise. What the emissary of the international community did not work, even individually, to hold meetings, was alarming and reminded ended in 2014, the failure of the conference “Geneva-2”.
For six days, starting on 29 January, de Mistura met only twice at the Palais des Nations with the government delegation. The opposition presented supported by Riyadh, the Higher Committee on negotiations, actually arrived at the headquarters of the European office of the United Nations in Geneva once and then consistently ignored the Palais des Nations. It later emerged that the opposition had received strict instructions not to enter into United Nations territory.
De Mistura expressed hope that the second round of negotiations will begin, “probably much earlier” than the date set. The main thing is that he did not repeat the first and has not ended, as “Geneva-2”. Then after two rounds, the talks finally came to naught.
Damascus connects the failure of negotiations with the successes of the Syrian army
Main groups of the Syrian opposition. Dossier
The head of the official Damascus at the talks in Geneva, Bashar al-Jaafari, the suspension of the negotiations with the successful offensive of the government troops near Aleppo. “It is no accident that the opposition announced its withdrawal from the negotiations after the successful offensive the army of the government of Syria, near Aleppo and the release of a number of territories,” he said.
According to Jaafari, the result supports the Riyadh group of the opposition of the country, which he called Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, told a delegation of opponents of the government to leave Geneva.
“Statement by de Mistura (the reasons for the suspension of the negotiations) does not reflect the whole truth,” he added.