Syrian gov't delegation returns to Geneva peace talks

Source: Xinhua| 2017-12-11 19:48:08|Editor: Zhou Xin
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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (L) arrives for a meeting with Syrian government delegation prior to a round of negotiation, during the Intra Syria talks, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Dec. 12, 2017. (Xinhua/POOL/Xu Jinquan)

GENEVA, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The delegation of the Syrian government headed by its representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, met and held discussion with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in UN's Geneva headquarters on Monday morning.

A source close to the Syrian government delegation said that the delegation arrived in Geneva on Sunday to participate in the second stage of the new round of UN-led Intra-Syrian peace talks.

The government delegation left the talks on Dec. 2 for a weekend break and "further consultations" and did not return back to Geneva on Dec 5, the day set by UN to resume the talks.

The UN envoy had met the Syrian opposition delegation for several bilateral talks last week during the government delegation's absence.

De Mistura said earlier at the beginning of this round of the talks that the biggest obstacle now was "trust".

The new round of the UN-led Syrian peace talks started on Nov. 28 and has been scheduled to be held here in Geneva till Dec. 15.

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