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UN Chief Calls for Resuming Syria Peace Talks

© REUTERS / Dan Kitwood/poolUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016 - Sputnik International
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the coming days for the parties involved in the Syrian reconciliation talks should be used to get back to the table, not to seek more gains on the battlefield.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon - Sputnik International
Pause in Syrian Talks Shows Deep Divisions Between Parties - UN Sec-Gen
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The parties involved in the Syrian reconciliation talks in Geneva, Switzerland should get back to the negotiating table in the coming days, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

"I agree with the [UN] Special Envoy Steffan de Mistura that we should not have talks only for the sake of talks," Ban stated at a Syria donors conference in London. "The coming days should be used to get back to the table, not to seek more gains on the battlefield."

Ban noted that both sides to the conflict in Syria remain deeply divided on improving the humanitarian situation in the country.

The international community, Ban added, should strive to achieve tangible progress on the ground by the time the talks resume.

U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura delivers a statement after the opening of the Syrian peace talks at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2016 - Sputnik International
Syria Talks in Geneva 'On Pause' Until Feb. 25 - De Mistura
On Wednesday, de Mistura decided to postpone the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva until February 25 as many preparatory issues, including humanitarian aid access to besieged areas in Syria, remained unresolved.

Participants of the Supporting Syria and the Region donor conference in London collected more than $10 billion in humanitarian assistance, the largest amount raised in a single day, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech at the conference.

The conference was co-hosted by the United Kingdom, Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations. Its stated goal is to raise significant new funding for short- and long-term humanitarian support for Syria, which has been ravaged by a civil war since 2011.

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