UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura follows a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, southern Germany, on February 12, 2016. / AFP / Christof STACHE
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The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a "cessation of hostilities", a U.N. spokesman said Friday, but plans to reconvene the negotiations were still "cloudy".The big powers, led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, struck a deal in Munich early Friday to start to bring an end to hostilities in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to a handful of besieged Syrian towns as a first step.Diplomats from the countries sponsoring the Syria talks held a first weekly humanitarian meeting in Geneva Friday and demanded besieged areas are opened up to aid within days.It was unclear whether the Munich deal was enough for him to reconvene the peace talks.
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