Geneva talks on Syria crisis postponed until 20 February

United Nations (UN) General Assembly hall at the UN Headquarters, New York City

The Geneva talks for attaining a solution to the war in Syria will recommence on 20 February according to reports.

Quoting two diplomats who participated in a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council recently, AFP reported that UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan Mistura had said the gathering was postponed till 20 February, “to ensure the talks would be comprehensive as far as possible.”

Talks were initially slated for 8 February but were confirmed postponed on Friday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Initially called the Kofi Annan Syrian peace plan (Geneva I) the talks were launched under the auspices of the Arab League and UN in 2012 to find a solution to the Syria crisis. Talks in 2017 will be the fourth time warring sides come together at the UN.