7 July 2016
Geneva (7 July 2017) - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, extends his wishes to the Syrian people on the occasion of Eid el-Fitr.
Mr. de Mistura also welcomes all efforts, including by the International Syria Support Group co-chairs through their joint mechanism in Geneva and as part of ongoing efforts to consolidate the several months long Cessation of Hostilities to bring about a hudna* throughout the country in respect of the spirit and true message of peace.
This would certainly enhance the prospects of meaningful negotiations towards a political settlement.
Mr. de Mistura continues to closely monitor the situation in Syria. In this regard, and despite some initial reports of potential violations, Mr. de Mistura urges all parties to the Cessation of Hostilities to abide by these days of silence for the sake of all Syrians.
*Arabic for truce or armistice