Terrorists Seek to Take Advantage of Syria Talks

Terrorists Seek to Take Advantage of Syria Talks Terrorists Seek to Take Advantage of Syria Talks

A senior diplomat cautioned the UN over terrorists trying to take advantage of Syria peace talks underway in Switzerland.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the statement in a phone conversation with UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Sunday.

"Precautions must be taken so that the terrorists do not enter the talks and take advantage of them under a new guise," Press TV quoted him as saying.

"At the end of the day, it's the people of Syria who will decide about their country's future,"

Earlier, de Mistura met with delegates from the main Syrian opposition coalition, the so-called High Negotiations Committee. But the talks were disrupted when the self-styled Islamic State terrorists attacked an area near the holy shrine of Hazrat Zeinab (PBUH), the granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), killing at least 70 people and injuring 100 others.

Delegates from the Syrian government and its divided opposition groups have gathered in Geneva for the UN-brokered negotiations to end the country's conflict.

The talks are to be held under an 18-month timetable based on a resolution unanimously approved by the UN Security Council.

Adopted on December 18, 2015, the resolution calls for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria and formation of a "credible, inclusive and non-sectarian" government within six months as well as UN-supervised "free and fair elections" within 18 months.