The United Nations special envoy for Syria says the next round of peace talks on the resolution of the Syrian war will be held on March 23.
Following a UN Security Council closed-door meeting on Wednesday, Staffan de Mistura said that counter-terrorism will be added to the agenda in the fifth round of the talks.
He further called on the participants of the upcoming separate Kazakhstan talks to focus on the challenges of the ceasefire in Syria, stressing that without a robust ceasefire, the talks in Geneva "will be fragile."
Referring to the last round of talks in the Swiss city, he said the results of the negotiations exceeded expectations.
“No one left. Everybody stayed. They were focused. We got an agenda. We got a timeline. We got some agreement of substance,” he said.
The last round of the Geneva talks concluded last week with the UN hailing the negotiations as "substantive" and the talks yielding a “clear agenda” for the future of the war-ravaged Arab country.
The talks were held shortly after the conclusion of the second round of the Syria peace talks, facilitated by Russia, Turkey and Iran, in the Kazakh capital Astana on February 15 and 16.
For the past six years, Syria has been fighting terrorism. De Mistura estimated in August last year that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the crisis until then. The world body stopped its official casualty count in the war-torn country, citing its inability to verify the figures it received from various sources.