Syrian opposition must accept it has not won the war: UN
United Nations Special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday, September 6, Syria's opposition must accept that they have not won the six-and-a-half year war against President Bashar al-Assad.

"Will the opposition be able to be unified and realistic enough to realize they did not win the war?" he said at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Asked if he was implying that Assad had won, he said: "At the current moment I don't think anyone can actually claim to have won the war."

According to Reuters de Mistura also said he hopes a non-conflictual solution to the current fighting in the Syrian city of Idlib to avoid a new Aleppo.

De Mistura suggested the war was almost over because many countries had gotten involved principally to defeat Islamic State in Syria, and a national ceasefire should follow soon after.

The two main IS forces - in the city of Raqqa and around the city of Deir al-Zor - were facing imminent defeat, which would lead to "the moment of truth", he said.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 16939  |  Date: 2017/09/07  |  Time: 11 : 11

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