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UN chief says new Syria envoy soon to visit there

July 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief says the new United Nations special envoy to Syria will be traveling to the conflict-torn country, regional countries and other relevant countries “in the near future.”

Ban Ki-moon introduced Staffan de Mistura and his deputy, Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, on Thursday.

Ban told reporters that “together, we will spare no effort to help stop the violence and achieve a Syrian-led inclusive political solution that meets the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people.”

De Mistura is now the third special envoy tasked with helping to end the years-long conflict in Syria that has killed at least 170,000 people and displaced some 9 million, a third of the country’s pre-war population.

The Swedish-Italian diplomat was named to the post a week ago.

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