The next session of the Syrian-led and UN-facilitated talks scheduled for July 25-29 in Geneva “is no longer possible,” the UN special envoy for Syria said on Saturday.
While Geir Pedersen said he regrets that holding the ninth session of the “Constitutional Committee’s Small Body” to find a constitution for the war-torn country will not take place, he did not give any specific reasons.
He further expressed, “The Special Envoy stresses the importance of all the stakeholders in this conflict protecting and firewalling the Syrian political process from their differences elsewhere in the world and encourages them to engage in constructive diplomacy on Syriaç”
Following Russia’s blocking of a one-year stay, the UN Security Council agreed to extend its mandate for badly-needed cross-border aid deliveries into Syria for six months on Tuesday.
The 12-0 vote came following a Russian veto of a UN resolution four days prior which would have extended cross-border deliveries from Türkiye for one year.