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Syria wants 'objectivity and integrity' from new UN envoy

AFP , Wednesday 23 Jul 2014
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A damaged building is pictured in the town of Morek in Hama province 21 July 2014. (Photo:Reuters)
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Damascus on Wednesday said it welcomes the nomination of Staffan de Mistura as new UN peace envoy, while demanding he show "objectivity and integrity" in pursuing his Syria mission.

The Italian-Swedish diplomat was on July 10 named to replace hugely respected Algerian Lakhdar Brahimi, who resigned in May after two frustrating rounds of peace talks between the regime and rebels ended in failure.

In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon published by state news agency SANA Wednesday, Syria's foreign ministry said it welcomed De Mistura's appointment, while stressing its "conviction of the need for a political solution to the Syrian crisis, through Syrian-led dialogue among Syrians".

"We hope De Mistura... will show objectivity and integrity, and (commitment to) international law and the principles and objectives of the UN Charter, chiefly respect for national sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs, while respecting the Syrian people's will."

The Syrian government had lashed out at Brahimi on several occasions, accusing him of lacking neutrality and of siding with countries that back the three-year revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

The conflict in Syria has killed more than 170,000 people and forced nearly half the population to flee their homes.

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