Inclusive Syrian-led political solution urgently needed to end conflict

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Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (second from left) and his team during a meeting on the Geneva Consultations on Syria. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

An inclusive and Syrian-led political solution to the conflict in Syria is urgently needed according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura.

Mr de Mistura is continuing meetings with a broad spectrum of Syrian, regional and international interlocutors in order to bring peace to the country.

More than 220,000 people have been killed during more than four years of civil war there.

Dianne Penn reports.

Since 5 May, Mr de Mistura has been meeting with representatives from the Syrian government, the Syrian opposition coalition as well as 39 Syrian political and civil society groups.

The UN envoy reiterated his hope and belief that guns will fall silent one day, saying that it is inevitable as has been seen in other conflicts.

Mr de Mistura said the sooner the fighting stops, the more lives will be saved.

He stressed that it is the responsibility of all Syrian, regional and international actors to bring that day forward and to make every effort to protect civilians under any circumstances and at all times.

He said there is a general consensus that there can be no military solution to the Syrian tragedy.

Mr de Mistura said it is only a Syrian-led and owned political solution that can address the aspirations of the Syrian people and end the conflict in a sustainable manner.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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