New UN envoy arrives in Damascus

New UN envoy arrives in Damascus
The United Nations' new envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday (Jan. 15) on his first trip since being appointed, an AFP correspondent reported.

The seasoned Norwegian diplomat, who replaces Staffan de Mistura, is the fourth negotiator to have been appointed UN special envoy to Syria since 2011.

Prior to de Mistura, former UN general secretary Kofi Annan and Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi had tried to find a peace solution in Syria, but both stepped down after serving for a shorter period of time.

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