UN envoy Mistura meets with Syrian Turkmen Council

United Nations special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, meets with Syrian Turkmen Council delegation under the framework of Geneva consultations

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United Nations Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, held a meeting with delegations of the Assyrian Democratic Organization (ADO) and the Syrian Turkmen Council as part of the Geneva talks on Sunday. 

"Today I heard again about the importance of preserving Syria's social fabric and taking into account the diverse views from all corners of the country," said Mistura in a press release after the two meetings.

"The UN will continue supporting efforts towards an all-inclusive Syrian-led political process,” he added.

The head of the delegation of the ADO, Karam Dawli, informed Mistura about the organisations' views on a political settlement in Syria.

During his meeting with the delegation of the Syrian Turkmen Council led by Abdel Rahman Mustafa, the Special Envoy shared ideas on a political solution in Syria and the ongoing conflict on the ground.

The talks in Geneva started two weeks ago ahead of next month’s three-year anniversary of the Geneva Communique, which laid out a six-point plan to stop the violence and move the belligerent factions towards a political settlement.

More than 40 Syrian groups have been invited to attend the talks in Geneva. The Syrian government, neighboring countries and members of the UN Security Council have been invited to separate discussions on the crisis.

Mistura’s initiative is intended to implement a cease fire agreement between the opposition groups and the regime, mainly in Aleppo, as a first stage to solve the four-year long crisis in Syria.

The talks began on May 5 and are expected to last up to six weeks, although there is no cut-off date.

Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has led to the deaths of more than 220,000 people and forced almost 4 million to flee the country, according to the UN.

TRTWorld and agencies