Staffan de Mistura (R) United Nations Special Envoy for Syria attends a news briefing next to his Special Advisor Jan Egeland in Geneva, Switzerland, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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Major powers close to U.N.-brokered peace talks on Syria are discussing the possibility of a federal division of the war-torn country that would maintain its unity as a single state while granting broad autonomy to regional authorities, diplomats said.As the United Nations' peace mediator Staffan de Mistura prepares to meet with delegations from the Syrian government and opposition, one of the ideas receiving serious attention at the moment is a possible federal division of Syria."While insisting on retaining the territorial integrity of Syria, so continuing to keep it as a single country, of course there are all sorts of different models of a federal structure that would, in some models, have a very, very loose center and a lot of autonomy for different regions," the diplomat said.He offered no details about the models of a federal division of authority that could be applied to Syria. The idea of federalism for Syria has not been ruled out.
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