A picture taken in New Delhi on March 22, 2013, shows Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura during a press conference
A picture taken in New Delhi on March 22, 2013, shows Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura during a press conference © Raveendran - AFP/File
A picture taken in New Delhi on March 22, 2013, shows Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura during a press conference
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Last updated: July 11, 2014

UN chief confirms de Mistura appointed new Syria envoy

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday announced the appointment of Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the new UN mediator for Syria with a deputy from the Arab League.

De Mistura replaces Lakhdar Brahimi who resigned in May after two rounds of peace talks yielded no concrete results and as the conflict escalated into a fourth year, killing more than 162,000.

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