UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura hosted a fresh round of peace talks in Geneva, on March 14, 2016
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura hosted a fresh round of peace talks in Geneva, on March 14, 2016 © Philippe Desmazes - AFP
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura hosted a fresh round of peace talks in Geneva, on March 14, 2016
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Last updated: March 15, 2016

Russia pullout "a significant development" for Syria talks, says UN envoy

Banner Icon The UN envoy for Syria on Tuesday hailed Russia's partial military withdrawal from the war-ravaged country, describing the move as a "significant development" and voicing hope it could positively influence peace talks.

"The announcement by President (Vladimir) Putin on the very day of the beginning of this round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva is a significant development, which we hope will have a positive impact on the progress of the negotiations in Geneva aimed at achieving a political solution of the Syrian conflict and a peaceful political transition in the country," Staffan de Mistura said in a statement.

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