U.N. Syria envoy says February 25 talks resumption not realistic | Reuters

STOCKHOLM Resuming Syrian peace talks on the scheduled date of Feb. 25 is not a realistic option, United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura was quoted as telling a Swedish newspaper on Thursday.

"I cannot realistically send out invitations to new talks in Geneva on Feb 25, but we intend to do so soon," daily Svenska Dagbladet quoted him as saying.

"We need 10 days' preparation. But the talks ... can be successful if emergency aid continues and we get a ceasefire."

De Mistura suspended a first round of talks on Feb. 3, saying there was more work to be done by the big powers sponsoring the talks.

International powers agreed to try to bring about a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's five-year civil war this week. Russia said it hopes a ceasefire can be agreed on Friday, when Russian and U.S. military officials are due to meet.

(Reporting by Simon Johnson; editing by John Stonestreet)

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Published Date: Feb 19, 2016 04:45 AM | Updated Date: Feb 19, 2016 04:45 AM

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