Syria is Heading Towards Catastrophic Division: UN Envoy

Published March 20th, 2018 - 09:16 GMT
Staffan de Mistura, United Nations’ special envoy to Syria (AFP/File Photo)
Staffan de Mistura, United Nations’ special envoy to Syria (AFP/File Photo)

United Nations’ special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said Syria was heading toward a catastrophic division and could see the return of ISIS if a peaceful settlement was not found, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

Speaking to an audience at the Institute of Graduate Studies in Geneva, De Mistura said: “The fact is that Syria’s long-term division, which we are witnessing at the moment in different areas of control, will be catastrophic, not only for Syria, but for the region as a whole.”

He explained that without a political solution that does not exclude anyone, ISIS will return to the sphere.

 

“This is division, this is in fact a country with areas under the influence of other countries ... this cannot continue,” said de Mistura, holding a map of Syria with different colors representing the areas of control of the land, adding that “I think that ultimately Syria must remain united.”

He said neither the European Union nor the World Bank would fund the $352 billion reconstruction of Syria unless a political process involving a new U.N.-sponsored constitution was found.

He added that without this, any military victory would come at an irreplaceable cost.

De Mistura said there was no country that wanted to divide Syria, and that Russia and the United States shared a common interest in defeating ISIS and were in constant communication.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.

 


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