UN sets agenda for next round of Syria talks, includes 'terrorism'

GENEVA - The United Nations will include discussions about the strategy for fighting terrorism in an agenda of the next round of Syria peace talks, UN mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Friday, after a first eight-day round of talks in Geneva.
In an apparent gain for Syria's government, which had lobbied to put "terrorism" on the agenda, de Mistura said future rounds of Geneva talks would tackle "issues related to strategies of counter-terrorism, security governance and also medium-term confidence-building measures."
Talks in Astana, convened by Russia, Turkey and Iran, would be complementary and deal with "maintenance of the ceasefire, immediate confidence-building measures and operational counter-terrorism issuees," he told a final press conference.
He said he felt "comfortable" that all sides could "live with" the Geneva agenda.