Syrian Ambassador to the U.N. Bashar al Jaafari attends a news conference during the Geneva peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland January 31, 2016. (Reuters)
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GENEVA – The U.N. special envoy for Syria has announced the official start of peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition leaders.
“I believe we received very positive messages from the special envoy and tomorrow he will have a meeting with the regime side and we will see wait for a reply from him,” he said, after a two hour meeting with de Mistura.
The United Nations, meanwhile, said Monday that the Syrian government has approved “in principle” a U.N. request for an aid delivery to the besieged Syrian towns of Madaya, al-Foua and Kefraya.
“Assistant Secretary Patterson underscored the need to work toward a political transition as outlined in U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254 and urged Russia to use its influence with the Asad regime to push for full humanitarian access to all Syrians in need,” a U.S. official said.
“The two sides agreed to remain in close contact on Syria as the U.N.-led negotiations proceed.”