UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 28, 2020 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a press encounter at the UN headquarters in New York, on Feb. 28, 2020. The latest attacks in opposition-held northwest Syria marks
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a press encounter at the UN headquarters in New York, on Feb. 28, 2020. The latest attacks in opposition-held northwest Syria marks "one of the most alarming moments" in the nearly nine-year-old conflict, Guterres said on Friday. (Xinhua/Wang Jiangang)

UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday said that he wishes the upcoming Syrian peace talks in Geneva to be handled correctly so as to build confidence and bring hope for the Syrian people.

“We need to see progress when it comes to abductees, to detainees and we need information on missing persons. This I think could perhaps be the one key important development that could help to build trust and confidence and I repeat my strong appeal to the parties on this again,” he said at the press conference here in Geneva.

On Aug. 24, the Syrian Constitutional Committee will reconvene at the Palais des Nations, the home of the United Nations Office at Geneva, under the auspices of the United Nations for the third time.

The UN Envoy told reporters that a nationwide ceasefire and efforts to improve the economic situation during the COVID-19 pandemic will also be important topics for the future peace talks.

According to him, during the upcoming talks in Geneva, representatives from Russia, Iran and Turkey, as well as the United States, may also come to push forward the process.

“But let me emphasize that the Constitutional Committee is of course, the work of that, is completely independent,” he noted.

The Syrian Constitutional Committee, which comprises representatives of the Syrian government, the opposition, and civil society, was officially launched in Geneva on Oct. 30, 2019, and then held two rounds of sessions in November last year, without making any major progress.

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