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U.N. SYRIA ENVOY MEETS IRAN, RUSSIA AND TURKEY DIPLOMATS IN GENEVA

UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, continued to meet diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey in Geneva, to discuss the process of moving forward, to end the Syrian conflict with constitution-related discussions.

Regarding the peace talks, de Mistura said that, his discussions with the senior Russian, Turkish and Iranian officials, taking place on Sept 10 and Sept 11, for the new process are the best "road-map we can see."

Tuesday's talks will be followed, on Sept 14, by further encounters with senior delegations from seven other countries -- Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Britain and the United States.

De Mistura's talks, Tuesday, came as top UN officials were expressing deep concern about the humanitarian consequences of an expected assault on Idlib, where an imminent offensive by the Syrian forces, aided by Russia, is likely to take place.

Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for the UN Office, for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), read a statement released by Panos Moumtzis, regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria Crisis, on Escalation of Violence in North-west Syria.

"The latest escalation is again impacting civilians in a dramatic way. Our fear as humanitarians is, the worst may be ahead of us," said Laerke, reading from the statement.

"The safety and protection of some 2.9 million civilians residing in Idleb and surrounding areas is at risk. This includes some 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDP's), the majority of whom are women and children, who came to the region from other areas."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK


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