The United Nations envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told reporters on Wednesday that he expected no breakthroughs at the latest round of Geneva talks beginning Thursday (today).
“Am I expecting a breakthrough? No, I am not expecting a breakthrough,” de Mistura told journalists at the UN headquarters ahead of meetings aimed at finding a solution to the crisis in Syria.
A recent resumption to fighting between rebel groups and Syrian government forces as well as in-fighting between the opposition has weakened the possibility of reaching a resolution according to analysts.
The absence of popular groups such as the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is vetoed by Turkey, is also being cited as a reason for the lack of hope for a solution.
However de Mistura also said he wanted to maintain “a very pro-active momentum” so that political discussions on governance, a new constitution and elections under UN supervision, based on the UN Security Council Resolution 2254, could be facilitated.