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New envoy in Syria to revive U.N. mediation efforts

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Geir Pedersen, who replaces Staffan de Mistura, is the fourth negotiator to have been appointed UN special envoy to Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011

NEW ENVOY. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 15, 2019 shows Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (R) meeting with the new United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen in the capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

UN Syria envoy 'ready to go to Idlib' to help civilians leave

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:55 PM

A major military operation in Idlib would pose a particular humanitarian nightmare because there is no opposition territory left in Syria where people could be evacuated to

STAFFAN DE MISTURA. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria

May 18, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters that 'there were detailed discussions' between the two leaders

DIPLOMACY. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in Sochi on May 17, 2018. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP

UN will send Syria envoy to Russia peace conference

Jan 27, 2018 - 11:41 PM

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres 'is confident that the congress in Sochi will be an important contribution' to reviving the peace talks held under UN auspices in Geneva

TO RUSSIA. In this file photo, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/ AFP

UN blames Damascus for 'golden opportunity missed' at Syria peace talks

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:42 AM

Staffan de Mistura, UN envoy for Syria, says 'we did not have real negotiations,' blaming in particular the government delegation's apparent lack of interest in discussing anything besides the fight against 'terrorism'

UN restarts Syria peace talks but Assad regime absent

Nov 28, 2017 - 9:48 AM

The 8th round of talks is seen as a chance for the UN to revitalize its push to end the 6-year war, which has killed more than 340,000 people and left Syria in ruin

PEACE EFFORTS. In this file photo, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir (R) sits next to UN special envoy for Syria crisis Staffan de Mistura (C) during the Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh, on November 22, 2017. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

UN aims to restart Syria talks with unified opposition

Nov 26, 2017 - 9:51 AM

The UN-brokered talks to end the war that has killed more than 340,000 people since 2011 have achieved little through 7 previous rounds

IN RUINS. In this file photo, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by US special forces, talks on the radio near Raqa's stadium as they clear the last positions on the frontline on October 16, 2017 in the Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists crumbling stronghold. Bulent Kilic/AFP

UN's De Mistura wants new round of Syria talks in coming weeks

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:50 AM

The UN special envoy says he intends to convene an eighth round of talks on the bloody more than 6-year conflict no later than the end of October or early November

DESTROYED. In this file photo, Syrians walk down a destroyed street in Aleppo's al-Akroub neighborhood on December 17, 2016. Youssef Karwashan/AFP/File

UN Syria envoy hails small gains in latest peace talks

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:29 AM

United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura plans to convene an 8th round of talks in early September and instructs all sides including the regime to be ready to tackle the flashpoint issue of political transition

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Syrian sides agree to new UN process on constitution

May 19, 2017 - 8:26 AM

Representatives of Syria s government and opposition High Negotiations Committee are in Switzerland for the 6th round of UN backed peace negotiations but there has been no sign of progress

PEACE TALKS. The Celestial Sphere is pictured during a new round of Syria peace talks on May 16, 2017 at the United Nations Offices in Geneva. A new round of Syria peace talks opens, the latest United Nations push to resolve a six-year conflict that has killed more than 320,000 people. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Syria peace talks restart in Geneva

May 16, 2017 - 10:56 AM

UPDATED Five previous rounds of UN backed negotiations fail to yield concrete results and hopes for a major breakthrough remain dim

STAFFAN DE MISTURA. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/ AFP

U.S., Russia must agree on Syria – UN envoy

Apr 12, 2017 - 11:38 PM

Special envoy Staffan de Mistura s appeal comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov following US missile strikes in Syria

AGREE ON SYRIA PEACE. UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks as part of the Intra-Syrian peace talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, on March 3, 2017. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/ AFP

UN-backed Syria peace talks to restart in Geneva

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:16 PM

On the agenda for this round are issues of governance – a political transition the constitution and elections as well as counter terrorism at the request of Damascus

IN RUINS. A picture taken on March 22, 2017 shows a general view of destruction in the Syrian town of Suran in the countryside of the central province of Hama, which was taken by rebel forces after an offensive started the day prior. Omar haj kadour/AFP

Dozens dead in U.S.-led north Syria air strike as coalition meets

Mar 22, 2017 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED A Pentagon spokesman on Wednesday says the coalition will investigate the alleged strike

THE LOOK OF AN AIR STRIKE. A general view shows moke rising from buildings following an air strike on Jobar, a rebel-held district on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 21, 2017. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Syria peace talks stumble over meeting format

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:37 PM

Persistent violence and deadlock over Syria s political future are clouding the start of Geneva 4 the fourth round of UN sponsored talks on the conflict

STAFFAN DE MISTURA. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura briefs the press after speaking to a group of Syrians holding a vigil on the first day of a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 23, 2017. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/ AFP

UN-backed Syria talks restart with rebels on back foot

Feb 21, 2017 - 4:52 PM

Hopes for a breakthrough remain dim with the sides still deadlocked over Bashar al Assad s fate and violence on the ground persisting

A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent runs as he searches for victims following a reported government airstrike on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2017. Abd Doumany/AFP

Russia says Syria army halts Aleppo attacks as rebels cornered

Dec 09, 2016 - 2:09 PM

The UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura says talks to end the nearly 6 year war should resume soon

EVACUATION. Syrian residents fleeing the violence gather at a checkpoint, manned by pro-government forces, in the Maysaloun neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on December 8, 2016. Photo by Youssef Karwashan/AFP

Russia's Aleppo ceasefire begins but clashes erupt

Oct 20, 2016 - 1:42 PM

UPDATED Russia has said the pause will continue until at least 1600 GMT and could be extended The Syrian army has said it will last 3 days

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Fresh Syria talks end with no breakthroughs

Oct 16, 2016 - 8:25 AM

Talks in Switzerland between Washington Moscow and Syria s neighbors ended within hours of starting with no breakthrough on halting the violence ravaging the war torn country

AT THE TABLE. (L-R) Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Arabia FM Adel al-Jubeir, Qatari FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Iraqi FM Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif, Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu, Jordan's FM Nasser Judeh, speak together around a table during a meeting on Syria, on October 15, 2016 in Lausanne. Jean-Christophe Bott/Pool/AFP

New Syria talks to open in Switzerland

Oct 15, 2016 - 12:46 PM

With no let up in Syrian President Bashar al Assad s onslaught on eastern Aleppo the sides will look at how to revive the short lived ceasefire

NEW TALKS. Syrians walk over rubble following air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on October 12, 2016. Photo by Ameer Alhalbi/AFP

Russia ready for Aleppo 'humanitarian pause'

Aug 19, 2016 - 12:03 AM

Defense ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov: Russia s defense ministry is ready to support the proposal by UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura regarding the introduction of weekly 48 hour humanitarian pauses in Aleppo

HUMANITARIAN PAUSE. Russia's defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov holds a press briefing on the fight against terrorism in Syria at the National Defence Control Center of the Russian Federation in Moscow on December 23, 2015. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Russia open to extending Aleppo ceasefire – UN

Aug 11, 2016 - 11:24 PM

Russia vows it will halt its air strikes and artillery strikes between 0700 GMT and 1000 GMT for an unspecified period starting Thursday

SYRIA. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 9, 2016 shows Syrian Commander-in-Chief of the army and armed forces Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Fahd Jasem al-Freij (C-L), gesturing next to other officers during a visit to the city of Aleppo. Photo by Louai Beshara/SANA/AFP

UN formally invites Syria government to new peace talks

Jul 31, 2016 - 10:43 PM

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has struggled to keep the peace process alive amid a surge in fighting between Syrian President Bashar al Assad s forces and rebel groups

In this file photo, (C, L to C, R) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura lead talks on Syria on May 17, 2016 in Vienna. Leonhard Foeger/Pool/AFP

World powers meet to save Syria peace hopes

May 17, 2016 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED Headaches are likely to persist over the call for the Syrian regime and rebels to agree on a framework for a political transition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) speaks beside of US Secretary of States John Kerry (R) during a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, southern Germany, on February 12, 2016. Christof Stache/AFP

Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28 as Aleppo truce holds

May 06, 2016 - 8:58 AM

As relieved civilians went out onto the streets after two weeks of heavy fighting in the divided city others were attacked further west

Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

US, Russia win truce promise in Syria's Aleppo

May 05, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Under pressure from Russia and the United States the Syrian army agrees to respect a two day truce in the war ravaged city of Aleppo

Syrian children holding bread and sweets from a humanitarian aid delivery by the Russian army stand near Russian soldier in a village of Kaukab, Hama province, Syria, May 4, 2016. Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Russia hopes for Syria truce in Aleppo 'within hours'

May 04, 2016 - 7:46 AM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says efforts are under way to agree on a freeze in the fighting

GHOST TOWN. A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo's Bab al-Hadid neighborhood which was targeted recently by regime air strikes. Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Efforts to save Syrian truce shift to Moscow

May 03, 2016 - 1:22 PM

The two month old ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia is under severe threat

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) arrives with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura to a press briefing following a meeting on May 2, 2016 in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

US launches bid to save Syria truce

May 02, 2016 - 3:42 PM

5th UPDATE More than a week of fighting in and around Syria s second city has killed hundreds of civilians

'SAVE ALEPPO' A Syrian girl holds a placard during a rally in solidarity with Aleppo, in the Lebanese northern port city of Tripoli, on May 1, 2016. Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP

Syria army readies Aleppo offensive as civilian toll rises

Apr 28, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Fresh clashes between rebels and regime forces in the Syrian city of Aleppo leave at least 38 civilians dead

A family walks amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 28, 2016. The death toll from an upsurge of fighting in Syria's second city Aleppo rose despite a plea by the UN envoy for the warring sides to respect a February ceasefire. / AFP PHOTO / AMEER ALHALBI

'Revitalize' Syria ceasefire before peace talks resume – UN envoy

Apr 28, 2016 - 10:07 AM

The UN s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura says he plans to hold another round of peace talks next month but called for a ceasefire to be revitalized before setting a date

A picture taken on April 26, 2016 shows the name of the Syrian government delegation before a meeting between UN Syria envoy and the Syrian government delegation, during Syria Peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva. Denis Balibouse/Pool/AFP

Syria truce strained on eve of fresh peace talks

Apr 12, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Concern has been growing that a recent rise in violence focused mainly in Aleppo province which borders Turkey is putting intense strain on the ceasefire

NEW TALKS. A handout picture made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) showing Syrian Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem (R) meeting with UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura (L) in Damascus, Syria, April 11, 2016. De Mistura is visiting Syria ahead of a new round of peace talks on the Syrian conflict that will begin on April 13. EPA/SANA HANDOUT

Syria regime digs in on Assad as Hezbollah vows to fight on

Mar 22, 2016 - 11:31 AM

The UN s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura says he has pressured Damascus to outline its approach to the crucial issue of a political transition as negotiations in Geneva enter their second week

TALKS CONTINUE. General view at the opening of a new round of peace talks on Syria between the Syrian government representatives and the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, March 21, 2016. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/EPA

Syria sees 'no progress' at peace talks, blasts UN mediator

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:29 PM

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura does not have the right to put pressure on anybody and should not take anybody s side says a source close to the Syrian government

UN peace envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks with reporters in Damascus, Syria, 11 February 2015. Youssef Badawi/EPA

Syria peace talks broaden as pro-Russia opposition meet UN envoy

Mar 17, 2016 - 10:06 AM

The United Nations intensifies efforts to find a political solution to the 5 year conflict

NEGOTIATIONS. UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura (2-L) speaks with former Syrian deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil (R) and Syria's regime-tolerated opposition during a new round of negotiations of Syrian peace talks at the UN headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Philippe Desmazes/Pool/EPA

Syria war begins 6th year as US, Russia pull the strings

Mar 14, 2016 - 11:49 AM

The US and Russia have taken command of and have a monopoly over the Syrian issue

GHOST TOWN. Syrian man rides his bike along a street damaged by shelling in the rebel-held part of Jubar neighborhood, in the Syrian capital Damascus, on February 24, 2016. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Kurds must be able to give views on Syria's future – UN envoy

Mar 13, 2016 - 12:40 AM

Staffan de Mistura says that he has a mandate to find to find formulas that are as inclusive as possible

NEXT SYRIA ENVOY. In this file photo, Staffan de Mistura, then a Special Representative of the United Nation Secretary General for Afghanistan, talks with journalists during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, 23 November 2011. S. Sabawoon/EPA

Assad ouster 'red line' for regime – Syria FM

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Walid Muallem also says that the government delegation to the Geneva talks due to start on Monday will wait no more than 24 hours for the opposing side to arrive

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. File photo by Sergei Chirikov/EPA

UN calls for Syria elections in 18 months

Mar 11, 2016 - 7:59 PM

UPDATED A plan agreed by world powers last year called for 6 months of negotiations followed by a transitional government a new constitution and elections within 18 months

CIVIL WAR. Syrians inspect damages following an airstrike by forces loyal to the Syrian government in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, January 27, 2016. Photo by Mohammed Badra/EPA

Russia fails in UN bid to rein in Turkey over Syria

Feb 20, 2016 - 10:16 AM

Turkey is pressing for a joint ground operation in Syria with its international allies insisting it is the only way to stop the war

SYRIAN CONFLICT. Turkish medics bring in a wounded man at Kilis State Hospital after an airstrike in Northern Syria, in Kilis, Turkey February 15, 2016. File photo by STR/EPA

Syria peace talks suspended

Feb 04, 2016 - 8:34 AM

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura: I won t talk for the sake of talking

TALKS SUSPENDED. Staffan de Mistura (C), UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, speaks to the press before a round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition, outside President Wilson hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, January 3, 2016. Martial Trezzini/EPA

UN tries to get Syria peace talks back on track

Feb 03, 2016 - 4:38 PM

Staffan de Mistura s brief is to coax the warring parties in a conflict that has killed more than 260 000 people into 6 months of indirect talks in Switzerland

UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura and the Syrian opposition members of High Negotiations Committee, HCN, wait for the start of a meeting, during the Intra-Syria Talks, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Syrian peace talks in disarray again

Feb 02, 2016 - 10:15 PM

UPDATED The Syrian government denies formal peace negotiations had begun and the opposition cancelled a meeting with the UN envoy

UN envoy pushes Syrian govt as peace talks 'go deeper'

Feb 02, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Staffan de Mistura says indirect negotiations to seek an end to Syria s brutal civil war had finally begun in Geneva

PEACE TALKS. UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (L) and Syrian opposition Deputy Head George Sabra (2-R) and Asaad Al-Zoubi (R), head of the Syrian opposition delegation, wait prior a meeting, during the Intra-Syria Talks, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016. Photo by Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Syria peace talks struggling

Feb 01, 2016 - 9:13 AM

The UN special envoy for Syria fought to keep alive the biggest diplomatic push yet to end the Syrian war as Washington urged both sides in fragile peace talks to seize the moment

IN LIMBO. Syrian children pose for a photo at Azraq Syrian refugee camp, Jordan, January 30, 2016. Jamal Nasrallah/EPA

Syria opposition to miss start of key peace talks

Jan 29, 2016 - 8:26 AM

The Saudi backed High Negotiations Committee says it would not attend the Geneva negotiations until an agreement is reached on aid entering besieged towns

CIVIL WAR. Syrians inspect damages following an airstrike by forces loyal to the Syrian government in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, January 27, 2016. Photo by Mohammed Badra/EPA

Syria talks invitations sent as regime advances on rebels

Jan 26, 2016 - 12:22 PM

UPDATED The talks have already been delayed from their scheduled start on Monday January 25 over who will represent the opposition

A Syrian man rides a bike in the neighborhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on January 23, 2016. Abd Doumany/AFP

Russia works with US, rebels in Syria air campaign

Nov 04, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Moscow s statement shows tentative signs the powers are working together to end the civil war ahead of UN talks

(L-R) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and US Secretary of State John Kerry hold a press conference at the Grand Hotel October 30, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

UN peace envoy in Damascus to brief government on Vienna talks

Nov 01, 2015 - 9:12 PM

UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura meets with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Damascus to discuss ongoing international talks on Syria s 4 year war

IN DAMASCUS. In a handout picture provided by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (C-R) meeting with United Nations (UN) special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (C-L), during a brief visit in the Syrian capital Damascus on November 1, 2015. SANA/Handout/AFP

Syria regime forces launch new Aleppo offensive

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:29 AM

The offensive comes the same day that UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura is to address the Security Council on his efforts including a plan to freeze fighting in Aleppo that has so far failed to gain traction

Syrians walk amidst the rubble in search for survivors following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the Maysar neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 7, 2015. Zein al-Rifai/AMC/AFPAL-RIFAI