GENEVA – The United States and Russia must make Syria’s cessation of hostilities work or else it may become necessary to delay the resumption of peace talks, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told Reuters on Tuesday. Since the agreement to halt nearly five years of fighting came into force on Saturday, the Syrian government and the opposition have accused
each other of violating the deal but international observers have reported a decline in violence. Without progress on the cessation of hostilities and on access for humanitarian aid, de Mistura said he could “slightly” postpone the next round of peace talks, which has been pencilled in for Monday, March 7. “We don’t want discussions in Geneva to become a discussion about infringements or not of the ceasefire, we want them to actually address the core of everything,” he said.