Former adviser says U.N. Syria envoy 'out of his depth': report

April 23, 2015 8:34 PM

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A former political adviser to U.N. peace mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura sharply criticized his former boss on Thursday for his failed efforts at securing local ceasefires in the country's four-year-old civil war.

The United Nations, however, vigorously defended de Mistura, saying he had decades of experience and that frustration over the world's inability to get the parties to the conflict to stop the bloodshed was being misdirected at the veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat.

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