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Staffan de Mistura calls for de-escalation in Syria

Special envoy issues appeal during visit to Moscow as inspectors wait for access to suspected gas attack site in Syria.

The De Misutra-Lavrov meeting in Moscow follows a difficult and tense week [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]

The UN special envoy for Syria has said tensions need to calm down between the major global powers in order to restart diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Syria.

Staffan de Mistura made the comments after holding talks on Friday with Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, in Moscow.

De Mistura said that chemical weapons inspectorsin Douma, Syria, should do their job as quickly as possible and without any interference.

“We need a political de-escalation, not only a military de-escalation, and I think that would be possible with further discussions,” he said.

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