Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a conflict that has killed over 260,000 people and forced more than half of all Syrians to leave their homes. An estimated four million Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries alone, including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The crisis, described as the worst humanitarian disaster of our time, has caused untold suffering for Syrian men, women and children.
The United Nations is working tirelessly to bring the parties to the negotiating table and an end to the war.
The Intra-Syrian Talks resumed in Geneva from 14-24 March, after the UN Special Envoy for Syria suspended the round that lasted from 29 January to 3 February, in view of continuing violence and lack of humanitarian relief on the ground. Discussions resumed in Geneva from 13 April and lasted another two weeks. The next round of talks is expected to begin in June.
The talks will continue to focus on matters of governance, including a new constitution for Syria and the holding of elections. Two task forces created by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) are overseeing the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid since late February to thousands of Syrians in besieged and other hard-to-reach areas, as well as a cessation of hostilities that took hold at 0:00 a.m. on 27 February and which was endorsed by Security Council resolution 2268.
The Intra-Syrian Talks in Geneva will continue to be guided by Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), which reconfirmed the endorsement of the 30 June 2012 Geneva Communiqué and the «Vienna Statements» in pursuit of the Communiqué’s implementation as the basis for a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned political transition to end the conflict.