U.N. calls Syria talks a 'big missed opportunity', seeks new ideas

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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 2:03 PM

GENEVA (Reuters) - A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity, but there may be a new round next month if new ideas can be found to encourage President Bashar al-Assad's government to engage, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said.

"I will probably need to come up with new ideas, parameters, about how to move the talks forward, particularly on constitution and elections," de Mistura said, adding that plans for Geneva talks in January depended on the outcome of discussions at the U.N. in New York next week.

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(Reporting by Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay)