LONDON, 10 February 2015 (IRIN) - After two of his predecessors quit in frustration, the UN’s third envoy to Syria has been working for several months on a new approach to ending a war that is about to enter its fifth year. This complex and fluid conflict has cost more than 200,000 lives and forced  more than 10 million people to flee their homes.

Amid fears that Staffan de Mistura’s initiative is running aground, IRIN sets out the details of his approach and examines its potential for s...

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