english.ruvr.ru – Russia, US, UN discussing new Syria conference in Geneva
Russia, the United States and the UN convened in Switzerland on Tuesday to prepare a new international conference for Syria, Geneva-2.
Deputy Foreign Ministers Gennady Gatilov and Mikhail Bogdanov are representing Russia at the meeting.
Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Elizabeth Jones will attend the meeting on behalf of the U.S.
Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and Special Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi are representing the UN.
The first meeting of this format was held in Geneva on June 5.
Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Tuesday that a conference on ending the war in Syria would not take place in July as he had hoped, and called on the United States and Russia to help contain the conflict.
”Frankly I doubt whether the conference will take place in July. The opposition has their next meeting on July 4-5. So I don’t think they will be ready,” he said before starting a round of preparatory talks with U.S. and Russian officials in Geneva.
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