Efforts to resolve Syrian conflict must continue: UN deputy chief

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Jan Eliasson

There is still room for a political solution to the crisis in Syria, according to new UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

In an interview with UN Radio on Wednesday, Eliasson welcomed the recent appointment of Lakhdar Brahimi as the joint UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria.

"I think for the United Nations to accept that a conflict continues and leads to tremendous suffering and we should wait until that conflict is ended by military means is not dignified. It is not in line with what we should do. So the struggle for peaceful settlements has to continue, and it also has to continue in the case of Syria."

The Deputy Secretary-General said his mandate will focus on development and political issues.

Eliasson, a Swedish diplomat, has previously served as the United Nations in several capacities including as UN Special Envoy for Darfur.

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