Time: 11:08 p.m. CEST
On Tuesday, international efforts continue to stabilize a Syrian ceasefire in Vienna with the attempts of the external powers, the Guardian wrote, to narrow the differences among all involved in the crisis. Secretary of State John Kerry and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov co-chaired a meeting of the International Syria Support Group on Tuesday to find the way for the implementation of the agreement made in February, which focuses on a cessation of the hostilities and delivering of the humanitarian aid to the besieged areas.
The 17-member group includes Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom, the European Union and the Arab League. Most of the members of the group want Syria without leadership of Bashar al-Assad, while Iran also part of the group is his important ally in the region, the Guardian writes. Neither the Syrian government nor opposition are taking part, the Guardian adds.
The U.N. envoy overseeing the talks, without concerned sides, Staffan de Mistura is also in Vienna and tries to keep the path of the talks open to resume the talks by the end of May. He has estimated, the Guardian explains, “more than 400,000 people have been killed in the five-year conflict.” Despite, more than half of Syria’s pre-war population of 23 million is not displaced, the Guardian publishes.