U.N. hails first step on Syria detainees, cautious on Sochi plan

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Posted: Dec 22, 2017 7:21 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday had agreed on a "working group" for the release of detainees, which he said was a commendable first step towards an arrangement between the warring sides.

He also said that Russia's plan to convene a Syrian "congress of national dialogue" in Sochi next month should be assessed by its ability to contribute to and support the U.N.-led Geneva talks on ending the war in Syria.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Alison Williams)