13 January 2016
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, asked for the opportunity of a meeting with senior officials of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council ("the P5") in order to update them on his latest regional travels and the resulting impressions about preparations for the Geneva Talks.
Mr. de Mistura drew the P5 senior officials’ attention on “the crucial importance for the people of Syria to see sustained and unimpeded access to a number of besieged areas in the lead-up to the Talks”. P5 officials undertook to press for immediate action in support of this effort in the coming few days.
The Special Envoy and his team will continue working hard to issue the invitations in order to ensure maximum inclusivity, with a view to starting the intra-Syrian Geneva Talks on 25 January.
Geneva, 13 January 2016