UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA (Reuters) – Veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura, a former U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria’s civil war, diplomats said on Wednesday.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will speak to the media later on Wednesday, said spokesman Stephane Durjarric. Ban will announce the appointment of de Mistura, a dual citizen of Italy and Sweden, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Veteran U.N. diplomat Staffan de Mistura, dual Swede/Italian, to be named #Syria mediator, replacing Lakhdar Brahimi – diplomats
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Two cylinders reportedly seized by Syrian government troops in an area controlled by armed opposition groups contained deadly sarin, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council published on Monday.
Ban said that on June 14, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) United Nations Joint Mission overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpile analyzed the contents of the cylinders.