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UN Envoy: Syria Peace Talks to Resume April 9

The current round of negotiations have bee free of drama and walkouts

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    UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, right, next to his deputy Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy attends a round of negotiations of Syrian peace talks at the United Nations Office in Geneva Thursday March 24, 2016.

    The U.N.'s Syria envoy has set April 9 as a "target date" for indirect peace talks to resume in Geneva.

    Staffan de Mistura, wrapping up the current round of indirect peace talks Thursday, says he is encouraged by the fact that there has been "no walkouts, no drama" in the talks that lasted 10 days.

    The Syrian government plans to hold scheduled parliamentary elections in government-held parts of Syria on April 13 and has said it wanted the talks to resume after that date.

    The opposition, which believes the elections are a farce, has rejected that.

    De Mistura appeared to be making a compromise by saying the talks will start "at least" on April 9 "but if people want to come on the 13th or 14th they are warmly welcome."