UN, EU call for return to Syria peace talks

BRUSSELS - The United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, stressed on Tuesday the latest territorial gains in the war by Damascus and its allies do not bring peace any closer in the country.
De Mistura spoke at an international donor conference on Syria hosted by the European Union in Brussels.
"We're seeing in last few weeks, days... that military gains, territorial gains and military escalation does not bring a political solution, has not brought any change. On the contrary," he told a joint news conference with the EU's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini.
Mogherini also said it was crucial to restart the UN-led talks to end the war that is now in its eight year.
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