Staffan de Mistura new UN Envoy in Syria.

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NEW YORK-Staffan de Mistura was chosen by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to succeed Lakhdar Brahimi as international peace envoy to Syria. The sources, who have anticipated the decision prior to the official announcement of the Secretary-General of the United Nations expected in the next few hours, they reported that de Mistura will be sent only by the UN, unlike that Brahimi was sent to the Joint United Nations and the Arab League, and will have an Arab Deputy. De Mistura has been Deputy Foreign Minister in the Government of Mario Monti, after a 40-year career at the United Nations. Born in Sweden, De Mistura has worked for different UN agencies and UN Envoy in Afghanistan in 2010 and in 2011. De Mistura has also been posted in Iraq from 2007 to 2009, and the personal representative of the Secretary-General for southern Lebanon from 2001 to 2004. De Mistura has faced a nearly impossible mission, which has already seen surrender both Brahimi that Kofi Annan.   Brahimi, appointed in August 2012, had submitted his resignation to Ban Ki-moon in may, due to the difficulty of its mandate, proved, according to his words, almost impossible for the conditions in which it is found to work, with an international community deeply divided. The Algerian diplomat has thus followed in the footsteps of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who earlier had resigned for failing in the enterprise to obtain a cease-fire between the forces of President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels.   . Additional info can be found checking


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