Syria talks timetable slips as U. N. seeks political framework

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 6:33 PM

N. mediator Staffan de Mistura will travel to Damascus and Tehran and meet other regional executive to seek a common understanding on a political transition in Syria, delaying the start of a circular of peace talks by two days.

U. N. mediator Staffan de Mistura will travel to Damascus and Tehran and meet other regional executive to seek a common understanding on a political transition in Syria, delaying the start of a circular of peace talks by two days.

"The following circular of the talks needs to be quite concrete in the direction of a political process leading to a genuine beginning of a political transition," de Mistura told a news conference.

De Mistura said he wanted to "check the position" of international and regional parties to create sure there was a critical mass about "what could be a framework of a political transition".

De Mistura said he'd already heard some fascinating ideas from Russia and would also advise Turkish, Saudi, Jordanian and Lebanese executive before the talks resume on April thirteen. He'd previously aimed for a start date of April nine and then April 11.

On his ride to Moscow, he'd reminded executive that an "understanding on a possible framework between the United States and the regional players would certainly create me more comfortable in pushing through meaningful talks soon."

Syria is holding parliamentary elections on April thirteen, and the Syrian government delegation wouldn't come until April fourteen or fifteen, he said.

(Reporting by Tom Miles, editing by Stephanie Nebehay)

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