Syria won't be abandoned by the UN

Staffan de Mistura (right), Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, meets with Hussam Edin Aala, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Office at Geneva.UN Photo/Violaine Martin

The Syrian people will never be abandoned by the United Nations, according to the UN Special Envoy for Syria.

Staffan de Mistura is beginning one-on-one consultations in Geneva on Tuesday with all groups he says could help find a formula for a political process and an end to the conflict.

This includes Syrian government representatives, opposition forces and civil society.

The UN estimates that 220,000 people have died and one million have so far been wounded during more than four years of war.

Reem Abaza spoke with Mr de Mistura and began by asking him to explain the nature of these new consultations.

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