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UN's Syria envoy to step down at end of November

United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday that he would step down at the end of November for personal reasons, but would use his final month to push for the formation of a committee to rewrite the Syrian constitution.
De Mistura, who has been in the job for more than four years, told the Security Council that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had instructed him to"verify once and for all"whether a credible, balanced constitutional committee could be convened. De Mistura is the longest serving of three U.N. mediators for the more-than-seven-year Syrian conflict. His predecessors - former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi - both quit in frustration over a global deadlock on how to end the war.
Diplomats said possible replacements for de Mistura included UN Iraq envoy Jan Kubis, former Algerian foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra, U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov and Norway's Ambassador to China Geir Pedersen.

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