New Syria Envoy to broker peaceful, inclusive political solution

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Staffan de Mistura.UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A new Syria envoy has been tapped to facilitate a peaceful, Syria-led and inclusive political solution to the crisis, the Secretary-General announced on Thursday.

Staffan de Mistura, a former UN Envoy for Afghanistan, has been appointed the new United Nations Special Representative for Syria.

He replaces Lakhdar Brahimi who stood down in May this year after serving for nine months.

Mr Brahimi took over the peace-facilitation role played by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who also resigned from the post.

Mr Ban said the decision was made after broad consultations including with Syrian authorities.

"The Special Envoy will provide good offices aimed at bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations and promoting a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict. The Special Envoy will be guided in this endeavour by relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council and the United Nations Protection Agenda."

Mr Ban also appointed the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States, Ambassador Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, as the Deputy Envoy for Syria.

Over 100,000 deaths and more than 680,000 people have been injured since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011.

More than 9.3 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced.

The conflict has also spawned a refugee crisis in which nearly 2.5 million people are being sheltered in neighbouring countries.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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