Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria
Since assuming the role of Special Envoy in July 2014 Mr de Mistura has developed a new approach in Syria, focusing on securing an initial freeze in the city of Aleppo. Over recent months he has conducted extensive consultations with the Syrian government in Damascus and with opposition representatives, as well in Washington DC, Moscow and Tehran among other capitals. During this briefing Mr de Mistura will lay out the thinking behind the Aleppo freeze initiative and consider the opportunities for and barriers to success. To what extent should a freeze be considered a building block for a wider political process and how can European and other international actors support the envoy’s initiative?
This event was off the record.