Arthur MacMillan, The National: Syria’s peace plan takes shape — but it relies on Bashar Al Assad
A new UN envoy is in place but there are signs that even Russia is losing influence in Damascus.
When Staffan de Mistura addressed the UN Security Council for the last time in December as the Secretary General’s special envoy for Syria he ended in unusual fashion, seeking permission to break protocol and shake the hands of ambassadors from member states he had been briefing.
Warm applause followed. Privately, however, some felt relief rather than appreciation at his departure.
“I could not believe that happened,” said a diplomat from a permanent member of the Security Council, scolding the veteran Swedish-Italian envoy’s efforts to broker a peace.
“It all just kind of fell apart under him.”
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