No 'Plan B' but war if Syria talks fail, UN mediator warns

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura speaking during the Syrian peace talks at the UN headquarters in Geneva on March 14, 2016.
UN mediator Staffan de Mistura speaking during the Syrian peace talks at the UN headquarters in Geneva on March 14, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (REUTERS) - Syria faces a moment of truth, UN mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Monday (Mar 14) as he opened the first of three rounds of peace talks envisaged to negotiate a political transition and end in a "clear roadmap" for a future Syria.

Saying there was no "plan B" but a return to war, De Mistura asked to hear from all sides but said he would have no hesitation in calling in the big powers, led by the United States and Russia, if the talks get bogged down.

"If during these talks and in the next rounds we will see no notice of any willingness to negotiate... we will bring the issue back to those who have influence, and that is the Russian Federation, the USA... and to the Security Council," he told a news conference.