UN delegate to Syria: Ceasefire holding as Geneva talks kick-start

Quneitra is located on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, which were captured by Israel in the 1967 war.

The UN’s special envoy for Syria has said that a US and Russia-brokered ceasefire in the country’s southwest was generally holding despite some “teething problems,” adding he hoped it would contribute positively to talks between the government and opposition, Al-Jazeera reported.

Staffan de Mistura, speaking at a press conference in Geneva, said he was not expecting any breakthroughs but rather “some incremental developments”.

A new round of indirect talks that began on Monday is the seventh so far between Syrian government representatives and opposition leaders to try to wind down the country’s six-year-old civil war, Al-Jazeera added.

The start of the talks in Geneva coincided with the first full day of the ceasefire for southern Syria that was brokered last week by the United States, Russia and Jordan.

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