UN envoy says Damascus bombings aim to derail Syria peace talks

Reuters | Published: 11:50, Mar 16,2017

Syria, Staffan de Mistura

Damage is seen after a suicide attack inside a restaurant in the al-Rabweh area of Damascus in this handout picture provided by SANA on March 15, 2017, Syria. — Reuters photo

The United Nations’ special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, condemned the deadly suicide bomb attacks in Damascus on Wednesday saying they aimed to derail peace talks as the country marked the sixth anniversary of the uprising.

‘These attacks have claimed the lives of innocent civilians. They are also plainly designed to spoil attempts to sustain political talks,’ de Mistura said in a statement issued in Geneva after Syrian state media reported two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens more in the capital.

De Mistura, who plans to hold the next round of Geneva talks between the warring sides from March 23, also called for ‘full respect of the ceasefire, which is being challenged by violations on the ground’.

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