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Covid-19, Lebanon's dollar crisis and the Rami Makhlouf saga have triggered the collapse of Syria's currency.

In 2014, de Mistura became the third UN diplomat tasked with ending the Syria war which erupted in 2011, before leaving his post last year.

UN envoy lands in Damascus for fresh peace talks

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UN envoy lands in Damascus for fresh peace talks

Geir Pedersen, a seasoned Norwegian diplomat and the fourth UN ambassador to seek an end to the civil war, landed in Damascus on Tuesday.

New Syria committee could be agreed soon: UN envoy

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New Syria committee could be agreed soon: UN envoy

Geir Pedersen told the Security Council that the constitutional committee would be "a first sign of real movement" toward ending the eight-year ...

Kazakhstan to host Syria talks with Iran, Turkey, Russia

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Kazakhstan to host Syria talks with Iran, Turkey, Russia

Kazakhstan will host new talks on Syria, backed by Iran, Russia and Turkey in effort to reach a political settlement for the eight-year conflict

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UN envoy says a 'new Syria' starts with reconciliation

The United Nations envoy for Syria on Tuesday said a solution to the eight-year-long conflict begins with confidence building measures and reconciliation between warring parties.

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UN envoy wants "Syria-led" committee to draft new constitution

Geir Pedersen called for "a truly Syrian-led and owned political process" which he stressed is key if any peace deal is to be sustained.

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UN envoy says seeking 'door-opener' for Syria peace

Norwegian Geir Pedersen is the fourth United Nations negotiator working to resolve almost eight years of bloodshed in Syria.

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Syria opposition chief says peace efforts 'paralysed'

Syrian opposition leader Nasr al-Hariri insisted that it remained impossible for millions of refugees living oversees to return or for the ...

New Syria envoy urges UN-backed solution to end war

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New Syria envoy urges UN-backed solution to end war

Geir Pedersen, who started his new job last week, is the fourth UN envoy to seek a solution to Syria's conflict, after endless rounds of failed ...

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New envoy in Syria to revive UN mediation efforts

Geir Pedersen's visit to Syria comes at a time of heightened tension between the top foreign brokers of a conflict that has already killed more ...

First Syria constitution session to be held next year

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First Syria constitution session to be held next year

Turkey, Russia and Iran say the first session for a new Syrian constitution will be held next year.

Russia, Iran, Turkey pitch plan for Syria constitutional committee

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Russia, Iran, Turkey pitch plan for Syria constitutional committee

The three nations will submit lists of names chosen to form a UN-backed constitutional body which could pave the way to a new charter and ...

Outgoing UN envoy makes final pitch for Syria constitution

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Outgoing UN envoy makes final pitch for Syria constitution

Staffan de Mistura wants to set up a constitutional committee for Syria to include 50 members chosen by Damascus, 50 ...

<em>De</em> <em>Mistura</em> 'makes final appeal' to end Syria's war

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De Mistura 'makes final appeal' to end Syria's war

Assad's forces have notched up a series of victories against rebels and jihadists since Russia intervened militarily on its side in 2015, and ...

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Syria talks on fragile Idlib truce begin in Kazakhstan

Negotiators from Iran, Russia and Turkey have met in Kazakhstan, for two days of talks aiming to preserve a fragile 10-week-old truce in northern Syria.

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Assad, Russia envoy discuss Syria constitutional committee

Syria's Bashar al-Assad held talks with Russian envoy Alexander Lavrentiev on "forming the committee to discuss the current constitution", the ...

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UN names Norwegian diplomat as new Syria envoy

UN chief Antonio Guterres is set to appoint Norway's current ambassador to China as the UN's new special envoy for Syria.

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Syria's main opposition draws up post-war 'road map'

The High Negotiations Committee presented on Monday a road map and guidelines to write a new post-war Syrian constitution.

Syria constitution committee to convene 'by end of year'

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Syria constitution committee to convene 'by end of year'

World leaders at a summit in Istanbul said a committee to to create a new Syrian constitution should convene by the end of the year.

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Turkey hosts Syria summit to salvage delicate Idlib ceasefire

The Russian, French and German leaders meet in Istanbul today to discuss a lasting solution for the situation in Idlib, where a fragile ...

UN Security Council to convene over Syria

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UN Security Council to convene over Syria

The UN Security Council will meet on Friday to discuss Syria, diplomatic sources told AFP on Thursday.

UN envoy talks new constitution with Syria FM

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UN envoy talks new constitution with Syria FM

Outgoing UN envoy Staffan de Mistura met with Syria's top diplomat in Damascus on Wednesday to try to make progress ...

UN: Russia says Syria withdrew controversial property law

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UN: Russia says Syria withdrew controversial property law

A controversial property law that was dispossess millions of Syrians of their homes has been annulled according to Russia.

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