The UN’s special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, has warned that “miracles” are not to be expected from the talks between the government of Bashar al Assad and the opposition, which will resume next Monday in Geneva.
“Nobody expects that next week’s meeting will bring a miracle or an important advance,” warned the UN envoy at a press conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Pedersen recalled that it is a matter of “starting a long and cumbersome process” of agreeing on a new constitution that will provide a political solution to the war that began more than nine years ago.
The government and opposition delegations will arrive in Geneva at the weekend, but official contacts will not begin until Monday. There will also be representatives from Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United States, all key countries in the Syrian conflict, but they will deal with Pedersen, not the parties directly.