De Mistura to succeed Brahimi as Syria peace mediator

July 9, 2014 9:09 PM

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UNITED NATIONS: Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura is to be named the new UN mediator for Syria on Wednesday, taking on the Herculean task of finding a political solution to the devastating civil war, diplomats said.

He is to replace Lakhdar Brahimi who resigned in May after two rounds of peace talks yielded no concrete results and as the conflict escalated into a fourth year, killing more than 162,000.

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