Last updated: 10 July, 2014

UN chief confirms de Mistura appointed new Syria envoy

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday announced the appointment of Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the new UN mediator for Syria with a deputy from the Arab League.

De Mistura replaces Lakhdar Brahimi who resigned in May after two rounds of peace talks yielded no concrete results and as the conflict escalated into a fourth year, killing more than 162,000.