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UN hails first step on Syria detainees, cautious on Sochi plan

GENEVA - UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday had agreed on a "working group" for the release of detainees, which he said was a commendable first step towards an arrangement between the warring sides.
He also said that Russia's plan to convene a Syrian "congress of national dialog" in Sochi next month should be assessed by its ability to contribute to and support the UN-led Geneva talks on ending the war in Syria.
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