Out­go­ing U.N. Syria en­voy makes new ap­peal on war

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - REGION -

GENEVA: The out­go­ing U.N. en­voy for Syria is ap­peal­ing on the coun­try’s war­ring sides to form a com­mit­tee that would ne­go­ti­ate a new con­sti­tu­tion as a way of bring­ing the trou­bled Mid­dle East na­tion out of its pro­tracted civil war. Staffan de Mis­tura said that there are dis­agree­ments over a “few names” of those who would be on that com­mit­tee. He said that “agree­ment, par­tic­u­larly on the side of the gov­ern­ment” of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad was needed. De Mis­tura told re­porters Fri­day that his Dec. 20 briefing to the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil could be his last. He had orig­i­nally planned to leave in Novem­ber. De Mis­tura ap­peared along­side China’s spe­cial en­voy Xie Xiaoyan and said that he was seek­ing Chi­nese help in or­der to con­vince Syria’s gov­ern­ment that it’s “worth it to make an ef­fort.” –

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