March 8, 2016 / 10:20 AM / in 2 years

U.N. says substantive Syria talks to start by March 14

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura plans to start substantive peace talks by March 14, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, five days later than his planned start on March 9.

Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, shows six with his hands as six days of the truce holding, during a news conference after a meeting of the Task Force for Humanitarian Access at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Although the talks will officially resume on March 9, some participants in the talks will only arrive in Geneva on March 12, March 13 and March 14, De Mistura’s spokeswoman Jessy Chahine told a regular U.N. briefing. She said the same participants had been invited as in the first round.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Alison Williams

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