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UN envoy says Syria de-escalation zones 'so far positive'

August 17, 2017 12:19 PM
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GENEVA – The U.N. envoy for Syria says the declaration of so-called de-escalation zones has been "so far positive," and hailed a Russian initiative to help bring aid to besieged Syrians.

Staffan de Mistura set no date for new peace talks in Geneva. He said "short" talks might be possible next month, while expressing hope for "substantial" talks in October. He also cited divisions among opposition factions.

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