Latest round of Syria peace talks

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Added On April 14, 2016

The second round of Syria peace talks has started. 
 
It aims to broker a political end to the Syrian crisis, but so far has made little progress to end the five-year war.
 
Over a quarter million people have been killed and millions more displaced.
 
The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday that the second round of proximity talks had started.
 
He briefed the delegation about his recent visits to Moscow, Amman, Damascus and Teheran. 
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) STAFFAN DE MISTURA, UN Syria Special Envoy
"They all indicated interest and support actually in the progress of a political discussion aiming at a political transition. What we aim at is actually an agenda which is based on political transition with the issue of governance and constitution as in the Security Council Resolution 2254, and none of them expressed any doubt that that is the priority and the agenda."
 
While international community concerned about the worsening state of the fragile peace.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) STAFFAN DE MISTURA, UN Syria Special Envoy
"My concern about the deterioration in some places of the security situation, but they have been still incidents and not a bushfire. The cessation of hostilities is still holding, particularly when we compared it to what used to be in the past."
 
The first of three scheduled rounds of negotiations which ended last month yielded 12 points of commonalities between warring factions, but failed to touch upon the issue of political transition.
 
Concerns over the cessation of hostilities which has been in place since Feb. 27 were also raised.
 
A delegation from Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's government is expected to arrive on Friday to Geneva.