New peace envoy to Syria slated to meet with UN Security Council this week
De Mistura previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan (File Archive)
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AFP's diplomatic sources said that the meeting will represent the first opportunity for de Mistura and the Security Council to "discuss the way forward."
De Mistura replaces former envoy Lakhdar Brahimi who resigned in May after Syrian President Assad's announced plans for re-election during war. Brahimi also said his resignation came in response to failed peace talks in Geneva earlier this year.
UN leadership hopes to renew peace talks between Syria's regime and opposition under de Mistura.