United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (L) shakes hands with a journalist after his news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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The United Nations' Syria envoy met rebel leaders fighting in southern Syria for the first time Tuesday, their spokesman said, underlining the growing political role of a group helping to contain jihadi influence in the south.Staffan De Mistura also met representatives of other opposition armed groups earlier this month, another source said. When De Mistura began his wide-ranging consultations with dozens of interested parties in May, diplomats were skeptical that his effort to find common ground would bring Syria any closer to ending its four year civil war.His efforts appeared to suffer an early blow two months ago when 33 opposition armed groups rejected his invitation to come to Geneva to discuss the future of Syria.
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