A cease-fire in Syria now approaching two weeks is still holding
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, right, arrive for a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader),
09 of March 2016 08:11:37
The U.N.'s Syria envoy says delegates will begin arriving in Geneva Wednesday for "substantive, deeper" talks between the Syrian government and opposition representatives set to begin on March 14.[caption id="attachment_4770" align="alignright" width="300"] Staffan de Mistura, U.N's Syria envoy. Photo: AP/Martial Trezzini/Keystone.[/caption]Staffan de Mistura says the talks will once again be "proximity" talks — meaning indirect talks with the parties in separate rooms and the envoy shuttling between them.He says the talks are expected to last for about 10 days before breaking up for a recess.[caption id="attachment_4771" align="alignleft" width="300"] Soldiers of the Syrian army launch a rocket into Islamic State's territory. Photo: AP/Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda.[/caption]Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, de Mistura said a cease-fire in Syria now approaching two weeks is still holding "by and large," and was open-ended as far as the U.N. was concerned.