UN Envoy to Brief Security Council on Syria War

A UN envoy who has spent two months meeting with key players in Syria will address the Security Council next week to make recommendations for ending the war, AFP reported on Tuesday.

The envoy, Staffan de Mistura, will be in New York from Monday to meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and brief the 15-member council, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.

He will "discuss what his recommendations are on the way forward in terms of what he has learned as a result of his consultations," said Haq.

De Mistura originally planned a ceasefire in Aleppo, and had said that the Syrian regime is willing to suspend its aerial bombardment of Aleppo for six weeks to allow for a localized humanitarian ceasefire.

The rebels in Aleppo later rejected the proposal, likely due to de Mistura’s earlier comments in which he said Assad was as "part of the solution" to the conflict in Syria.

After his plan for a freeze in fighting in the city of Aleppo failed, de Mistura on May 5 launched a series of consultations with various parties and regional players including Iran to try to kickstart a political process.

He recently visited Syria and met with President Bashar Al-Assad. Upon the conclusion of his visit, de Mistura condemned the deaths of civilians in both government and rebel fire.

There have been no peace talks on Syria since the so-called Geneva II meetings in early 2014 ended in failure.

News of the envoy's return to New York for the key meetings came as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement appealing for action to end the war, now in its fifth year.

Ban noted that the parties to the conflict had signed on the first Geneva plan three years ago and that despite this step "the suffering of the Syria people continues to plumb new depths."

"It is time to find an exit from this madness," said Ban.

More than 220,000 people have died in the conflict and almost half of the country's population has been driven from their homes.

The Security Council has been divided over Syria, with Russia, a key ally of the Damascus regime, blocking resolutions aimed at putting pressure on Assad to end the war.

AFP contributed to this report.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197528

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