Syrian peace talks begin in Sochi between the government and an alliance of opposition groups
Sochi, Russia (Irna + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The newest round of talks, aimed at restoring peace in Syria, and backed by Iran, Russia, and Turkey, began with a meeting between Russian President’s Special Envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. The two have discussed agenda of the talks.
Formation of a Syrian constitutional committee, the de-escalation zones established in Syria, and humanitarian issues, among others, are topics of the July 30-31 talks.
At the first day of Sochi talks, experts also will hold meetings.
The Iranian delegation is headed by Hossein Jaberi-Ansari, senior assistant of Iran’s foreign minister.
Turkey’s envoy to the talks is Sedat Onal.
Some delegations representing various Syrian opposition groups are participating in the talks.
A group of UN experts are also present at the talks to give technical consultation on detainees, hostages and missing people in Syria.
The US has abstained from attending the meetings.
The ninth round of Syria peace talks participated by representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey as well as the UN chief’s special envoy on Syria was held in Astana in May.