Davos, Switzerland

19 January 2017

Note to Correspondents on the UN representation at the Astana talks on Syria

The Secretary-General has taken note of the invitation extended to his Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to participate in the meeting about the situation in Syria to be convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, by the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and Turkey.

In light of the complexity and importance of the issues likely to be raised in Astana, and of the senior level at which the conveners of the meeting will be represented, the Secretary-General has asked Mr. de Mistura, to lead the UN team at the talks.  The Secretary-General is looking forward to the Astana meeting being a positive step, ahead of the resumption of intra-Syria negotiations in Geneva.