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UN: Syrian opposition must accept it did not win war

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 01:14

Syria's opposition must accept that it did not win the war and work towards a political solution to the conflict, the United Nations Syria special envoy Staffan de Mistura says. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday (September 6) Syria's opposition must accept that they have not won the six-and-a-half year war against President Bashar al-Assad. "Will the opposition be able to be unified and realistic enough to realise they did not win the war?" he said at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Asked if he was implying that Assad had won, he said: "At the current moment I don't think anyone can actually claim to have won the war." He also said he hopes a non-conflictual solution to the current fighting in the Syrian city of Idlib to avoid a new Aleppo. De Mistura suggested the war was almost over because many countries had gotten involved principally to defeat Islamic State in Syria, and a national ceasefire should follow soon after. The two main IS forces - in the city of Raqqa and around the city of Deir al-Zor - were facing imminent defeat, which would lead to "the moment of truth", he said.

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UN: Syrian opposition must accept it did not win war

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 01:14