U.N. looks to end Syria’s war with a gentleman’s agreement

March 13, 2016 2:31 PM

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U.N. looks to end Syria’s war with a gentleman’s agreement

GENEVA Dismissed by critics as a diplomatic dandy, hailed by allies as a creative consensus-builder, Staffan de Mistura takes the hot seat in Geneva on Monday as the man in charge of forging peace in Syria.

In an impeccable suit and pince-nez spectacles, the Swedish-Italian diplomat looks as though he'd be more comfortable strolling through Geneva's quaint Old Town rather than refereeing a war that has killed more than 250,000 people.

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