UN envoy welcomes Syria ceasefire deal as prelude to peace talks

December 29, 2016 18:16

GENEVA  - UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura welcomed the announcement of a Syria ceasefire deal on Thursday and said he hoped it would save civilian lives, enable the delivery of aid and lead to productive peace talks in Astana.

"These developments should (also) contribute to inclusive and productive intra-Syrian negotiations to be convened under UN auspices on 8 February 2017," de Mistura's spokeswoman said in a statement.

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