By Michelle Nichols
| UNITED NATIONS
UNITED NATIONS United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he planned to meet "people around the team" of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the nearly six-year conflict. "The plan is to meet some people around the team of President (elect) Trump," de Mistura told reporters, adding that meetings would take place in New York and Washington.He said no such meetings were planned for Thursday. De Mistura briefed the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors on Thursday afternoon and was expected to remain in the United States for several more days.
Since July 2014, de Mistura has been trying to broker peace talks between the warring parties in Syria. He was appointed after former U.N. chief Kofi Annan and then Lakhdar Brahimi quit in frustration at the global deadlock over how to end the war.
De Mistura said last month little was known about Trump's Middle East policy, but there might be a chance of progress in ending the Syrian war if he stuck to his campaign pledge to fight Islamic State with Russian President Vladimir Putin.A crackdown by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on pro-democracy protesters in 2011 sparked a civil war and Islamic State militants have used the chaos to seize territory in Syria and Iraq. Half of Syria's 22 million people have been uprooted and more than 400,000 killed.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh and David Gregorio)
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Updated Date: Dec 09, 2016 03:01:48 IST