Latest Syria talks wrap up: 'No breakthrough, no breakdown'

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A senior Chinese diplomat on Friday said that the UN-led Syria peace talks in Geneva is an important step in the process for a political solution to the Syrian conflict, and the most important thing now is to maintain the peace process in a sustainable manner without disruption or stalling.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations and the delegation chief, said the issue of direct talks was something "that has not been raised with us - not directly or indirectly".

"No breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out", de Mistura said after briefing the UN Security Council by video on the seventh round of talks.

The envoy, however, ruled out the possibility of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC) uniting with the Moscow- and Cairo-based opposition platforms for direct talks with the Syrian government, during the ongoing round of the Geneva talks, which ends on Saturday.

"I'm not pushing for it".

Government delegation chief says direct meeting with opposition was not raised with his team at Geneva talks. "We are actually pushing for areas where they do have common points", he said.

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The Moscow and Cairo platforms each comprise a handful of activists and are named after the cities where they first convened, at meetings held with Russia's approval and support.

Xie Xiaoyan, Chinese government's envoy for the Syrian issue, told Xinhua in an interview that China supports the United Nations in playing a leading mediation role and is willing to make positive contributions for the talks to achieve concrete results as soon as possible. They do not control territory on the ground or have strong links with armed groups engaged in the war, according to Reuters.

The UN Syria envoy closed the latest round of sputtering peace talks Friday insisting "incremental progress" was made, driving hope that face-to-face negotiations between rebels and the Damascus regime may soon be possible.

De Mistura also noted recent progress in Syria through global diplomacy, such as a temporary truce in parts of southern Syria that was brokered by Jordan, Russia and the United States.

Discussion of terrorism has been a constant demand of the Syrian government since the series of talks began early last year, and it was added to the formal agenda earlier this year, along with talks about a new constitution, reformed governance and fresh elections.

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