Transcript of remarks by UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura Following meeting with Russian Federation Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoigu, Moscow, 20 April 2018
Question: During the beginning of the conversation you said that you really supported and you highly evaluated and appreciated the Astana and Sochi processes, how do you think they are going to affect the prospective of the situation? and what contributions are they going to make.
Answering a couple of questions that were raised by various people in this room on Western Sahara: First, I can say that neither Bir Lahlou nor Tifariti fall within the buffer strip.
Turning to Syria, the UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, said it is deeply concerned for the safety and security of civilians in the Palestine Refugee Camp in Yarmouk, Syria, and surrounding areas. All parties to the conflict should exercise maximum restraint to ensure that civilians are spared, and should take measures to prevent unnecessary damage to civilian infrastructure.