UN Syria envoy not ‘giving up’ as Ghouta reels

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The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Thursday that the UN has not given up and will not give up in asking for a full implementation of the resolution calling for a 30- day cease-fire in Syria.
De Mistura also said that the UN is particularly pushing for convoy access to eastern Ghouta, because “otherwise this becomes a copy of Aleppo.”
He added that ideas about setting up a Syrian constitutional committee will be shared in the next few days.
De Mistura’s humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said diplomats from 23 states attending a humanitarian meeting on Thursday had been given a blunt message: “You are failing to help us help civilians in Syria.”
The UN Security Council, including President Bashar Assad’s strongest ally Russia, passed a resolution on Saturday calling for a 30-day countrywide cease-fire, but it has not come into effect, with Moscow and Damascus saying they are battling members of terrorist groups excluded from the truce.—Agencies

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