GENEVA Feb 15 The United Nations special envoy
for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, will not attend talks on the
Syria crisis in the Kazakh capital Astana, his spokeswoman Yara
Sharif said on Wednesday.
Sharif said de Mistura was instead sending a team of five
people to the Astana talks, which will be attended by
representatives from Russia, Iran and Turkey.
A new round of U.N.-backed peace talks is due to begin in
Geneva next week.
(Reporting by Tom Miles; writing by Alessandra Prentice and
Olzhas Auyezov; editing by Polina Devitt)