UN’s de Mistura not hopeful of breakthrough ahead of Geneva 4

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura briefs the press on the latest developments in the country, (c) UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The United Nations envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told reporters on Wednesday that he expected no breakthroughs at the latest round of Geneva talks beginning Thursday (today).

“Am I expecting a breakthrough? No, I am not expecting a breakthrough,” de Mistura told journalists at the UN headquarters ahead of meetings aimed at finding a solution to the crisis in Syria.

A recent resumption to fighting between rebel groups and Syrian government forces as well as in-fighting between the opposition has weakened the possibility of reaching a resolution according to analysts.

The absence of popular groups such as the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is vetoed by Turkey, is also being cited as a reason for the lack of hope for a solution.

However de Mistura also said he wanted to maintain “a very pro-active momentum” so that political discussions on governance, a new constitution and elections under UN supervision, based on the UN Security Council Resolution 2254, could be facilitated.