UN names 3rd point man in Syrian war

July 10, 2014 8:58 PM

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UN names 3rd point man in Syrian war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Staffan de Mistura, who has held top U.N. positions in Iraq and Afghanistan, on Thursday inherited the mandate to try to end Syria's three-year-old conflict, a goal that eluded his two predecessors.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he chose the Swedish-Italian diplomat as the U.N. point man on Syria because of his work at the United Nations for 40 years, including delicate and difficult jobs as the U.N. special representative in Iraq and Afghanistan. De Mistura replaces Lakhdar Brahimi, who r...

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