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We must stop a devastating ‘battle to the end’ in southwest Syria, declares UN envoy

  A “full-scale” ground and aerial offensive in southwest Syria could inflict an even heavier toll on civilians than the suffering caused by previous devastating battles in the war-ravaged country, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has warned. “Let us be aware of what this would mean, if the southwest sees a full-scale battle-to-the-end: […]


‘Golden opportunity’ missed for progress on intra-Syrian talks, says UN envoy

  A “golden opportunity” has been missed to decide the future of Syria at the end of the latest round of United Nations-supported talks in Geneva, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. Mr. de Mistura was speaking to journalists in the Swiss city where he has been meeting Syrian Government representatives and […]


UN Envoy urged for 48-hour humanitarian truce for Aleppo

  At a press conference, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura made a statement outlining the UN stand regarding the recent Russian proposal to establishing a humanitarian corridor for besieged Aleppo. Russian plan proposes opening corridors to allow unarmed rebels and civilians to leave besieged areas of Aleppo. Syria’s president has also offered […]


Syria: UN envoy aims for peace talks to resume in late August

  The United Nations envoy mediating a resolution to the five-year crisis in Syria said today he aims to convene a new round of intra-Syrian peace talks towards the end of August, and expressed hope that the United States and Russia would make “concrete progress” in order to improve the atmosphere for the resumption of […]


Political transition ‘mother of all issues’ for Syria talks – UN mediator

The UN mediator for the intra-Syrian talks said today that political transition is the “mother of all issues” in the ongoing peace negotiations involving the Government and the opposition. Briefing reporters in Geneva, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said that today’s discussion focused on some issues, but stressed that “an exchange” between the Government […]


UN: Syria talks to begin next week, as humanitarian aid reaches more besieged areas

  The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today announced that ‘substantive’ UN-mediated peace talks will begin next Monday, as humanitarian aid convoys continue to reach more people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas following a nationwide cessation of hostilities that began on 27 February. “Quite an achievement,” Staffan de Mistura told reporters in Geneva, referring […]


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