UN Syria envoy still hopeful of peace truce

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UN Syria envoy still hopeful of peace truce

GENEVA: (APP) UN Syria envoy still hopeful of peace truce

 

The UN's Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said Thursday that he planned to hold another round of peace talks next month but called for a ceasefire to be "revitalized" before setting a date.

 

As the Geneva-based talks went on recess, de Mistura told reporters that he wanted to open a fresh round "during the course of May", but said he was holding off on fixing a date because a fragile truce on the ground first needed to be "urgently revitalized."

 

"How can you have substantial talks when you have only news about bombing and shelling?" de Mistura said.