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Staffan de Mistura appointed international mediator to end civil war in Syria

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Staffan de Mistura appointed international mediator to end civil war in Syria

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Veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura has been appointed special envoy to Syria.

He will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator working towards an end to the civil war.

The move comes amid increasing violence in Syria following the re-election of Bashar al-Assad as the country’s president.

De Mistura was previously the UN special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq.