Syria resumes peace talks in Geneva

by MCR Correspondent

The United Nations special envoy has said that peace talks between the Syrian Bashar Al-Assad regime and the opposition, which were halted after some delegates tested positive, have resumed in Geneva.

Geir Pedersen at a news conference just before the talks resumed said safety has been of a major and a top priority.

“That is why we took no chances and immediately suspended the constitution committee’s meeting on Monday,” Pedersen said.

“We are at this stage proceeding here in the Palais des Nations only with those who have tested negative,” he added.

Members of what is known as the “small group” responsible for the drafting of a new constitution for the war-torn country met again after days at the UN Geneva Office.

The group consists of 15 members from the regime, non-governmental organizations and the Syrian opposition.

Pedersen said he received a “strong signal of support” from “key international players” for the UN’s facilitation of the Syrian-led peace process and all sides in the Constitutional Committee.

He did not take questions and did not name the countries that gave their support, but he was thought to mean Turkey, Iran, Russia and the US.

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