De Mistura succeeds Brahimi as U.N. Syria mediator - diplomats

July 9, 2014 8:46 PM

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De Mistura succeeds Brahimi as U.N. Syria mediator - diplomats

GENEVA/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura, a former U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil war, diplomats said on Wednesday.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will speak to the media later on Wednesday, said spokesman Stephane Durjarric. Ban will announce the appointment of de Mistura, a dual citizen of Italy and Sweden, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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