UN vows to push for political solution in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria (R) and Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov attend the International Syria Support Group meeting September 20, 2016, in New YorkThe UN Syria envoy voiced deep disappointment Monday at the collapse of US-Russian talks to revive a Syria ceasefire, but vowed to keep working for a political solution. “The UN will continue to push energetically for a political solution of the Syrian conflict regardless of the very disappointing outcome of intense and long discussions among two crucial international stakeholders,” the office of Staffan de Mistura said in a statement. The statement came after the United States on Monday suspended negotiations with Russia on efforts to revive a failed ceasefire in Syria and set up a joint military cell to target jihadists.

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