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    United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura addresses the media during a press conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, January 15, 2015

    Syrians Should Be Urgently Involved in Peace Settlement - UN Envoy

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    The Syrian people must be urgently involved in the country's civil war settlement, UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Mistura added he had recently visited Damascus to hold talks with the Syrian opposition.

    "The goal is very clear: the Syrians need to be involved as soon as possible in this [civil war settlement] process," de Mistura said.

    "What is important at the moment is the momentum of the spirit of what we got on Vienna. Everyone agrees that there is an urgency to have a common understanding on how to end this war, this conflict," the special envoy said.

    He also said that he would soon go to Washington to facilitate the initiated reconciliation process.


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