UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will send his Syria peace negotiator to a conference in Russian Federation next week, a spokesman said Saturday, despite the Syrian opposition's boycott of the meeting.
As UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has commented on the preparations, he himself will decide whether to attend the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi after the conclusion of negotiations in Vienna.
"The United Nations has to be put back in the middle of the game".
The UN embarked on fresh efforts on Thursday to jump-start Syrian peace talks that Western countries and the opposition fear are being undermined by a separate Russian diplomatic push.
The Syrian High Negotiations Committee is expected to declare from Vienna is final decision on attending the Sochi congress, announced Commission spokesman Yehya al-Aridi to Asharq Al-Awsat.
The Iranian diplomat is also expected to sit for talks with other senior Syrian officials over the latest developments in the war-stricken country, a Farsi report by the Fars News Agency said.
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"All of them have participated in the bloodshed of the Syrian people", he said of the five nations, blasting the USA as the country "that created ISIS" and adding that Saudi Arabia was anything but a "beacon of freedom in the east".
The 9th round of UN-mediated talks between Syria's warring factions came to an end in Austria's capital Vienna on Friday with no tangible progress. "Deputy Foreign Minister Nazar Khairallah will head it", the source said.
Government forces have mounted offensives against two remaining rebel pockets, Idlib in the northwest and eastern Ghouta near Damascus.
Meanwhile, a group of five - the United States, France, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the United Kingdom have prepared a document on the Syrian peace process, which leaked to media. Nasr al-Hariri from the SNC said the discussions would be "a real test for all the sides".
The special envoy first talked with the government delegation led by Bashar al-Ja'afarii at 11:30 for hours before the opposition delegation arrived.
Like in eight previous rounds in Geneva, the SNC and Syrian government representatives held separate talks with United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura but the two delegations did not meet face to face.