UN proposes new approach in stalled Syria peace quest

People walk past a damaged building in the al-Kalasa neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 19, 2015The UN envoy for Syria on Wednesday proposed a fresh approach to keeping stalled peace efforts alive by inviting Syrians to take part in thematic working groups that could start in September. Staffan de Mistura presented the idea to the UN Security Council after two months of meetings with key players in the four-year conflict which appeared to bear little fruit. Previous UN-led efforts at direct negotiations between the Syrian regime and certain opposition groups in Geneva collapsed in failure in 2012 and 2014.


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