Syria's warring parties agree to Geneva talks: U.N. envoy

Reuters , Tuesday 19 May 2020

Idlib, Syria
Fighters from Faylaq al-Sham (Levant Legion) stand guard during a reported prisoner swap deal with regime forces in the Syrian village of Tahliya in the eastern countryside of Idlib, on May 18, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

Opposing sides in Syria's conflict have agreed to reconvene in Geneva for negotiations on the constitution, United Nations Special Envoy Geir Pedersen said on Tuesday, adding that a lull in fighting could provide an opportunity to start healing "deep, deep mistrust" between them.

"As soon as the pandemic situation allows, they have agreed to come to Geneva and they have agreed on an agenda for the next meeting," he told journalists. He did not give a date and said that a virtual meeting of the constitutional committee would not be possible.

In the same briefing, Pedersen also repeated a message made to the U.N. Security Council on Monday and urged the United States and Russia to talk about a push for peace.

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