U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shakes hand with Iranian President Hassan Rohani. File photo
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Geneva – On Tuesday, the United Nations officials said that the special envoy for Suria, Staffan de Mistura, is planning a new round of peace talks between the Syrian regime and opposition factions to find a solution to the four-year-old crisis in Syria that has claimed lives of more than 215,000 people so far.
Stephane Dujarric, a U.N. official spokesman, said in a statement that de Mistura will proceed in May with “a series of in-depth and separate consultations with the Syrian stakeholders and regional/international actors to take stock of their views regarding the crisis.”
In the meantime, Ahmed Fawzi, a U.N. spokesman, told reporters in Geneva that de Mistura has been remarkably focused in talks about the peace process in Syria, which would be based on the Geneva communiqué, the June 2012 document that set out a path to peace and political transition but left unresolved the future role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s future.
According to a U.N. source in Geneva, Iran is expected to be on the list of invitees to the upcoming peace talks, due to its prominent role in support the Assad regime in the conflict.
Iran, a major ally of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, hasn’t been invited to the first two rounds of Syria peace talks in Geneva, despite its significant role in the ongoing conflict in Syria, as it continuously provided the regime with military assistance to combat opposition factions.
Reporting by: Loring Silo