VOA: Calls Grow for Upcoming Syria Talks to Focus on Detainee Conditions19 May 2017 | 03:40 | FOCUS News Agency
United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has been meeting separately with Syrian government and opposition delegations this week during the latest round of talks, hoping to bridge gaps between the rival sides, while ensuring any outcome is consistent with previously adopted U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Dubbed as “proximity talks” in which government and opposition delegations are not expected to speak face to face, the latest gathering marks the third round in 2017.
“Detainee issues will be a priority for the U.S. and for the U.N., but the Syrian government will simply deny everything. Progress on the issue is unlikely,” Daniel Serwer, professor of conflict management at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies told VOA.
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