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UN Syria Envoy de Mistura to step down next month

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday he would step down at the end of November for personal reasons, after four years and four months on the job.

Briefing the Security Council on an invitation from the Syrian government to visit Damascus next week, de Mistura said he would continue in his post up to the end of November, in an effort to get UN-backed peace talks on track and help lay the groundwork for a new constitution.

He expressed the hope that progress would be made not only on a fresh constitutional settlement for a post-war Syria, but also the Working Group on the release of detainees and abductees, the handover of bodies and the identification of missing people.

De Mistura is the longest serving of three UN mediators during the more-than-seven-year Syrian conflict. His predecessors � former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi � both quit in frustration over a global stalemate on how to end the war.

Source: International Islamic News Agency