Syria's opposition must accept that it did not win the war and work towards a political solution to the conflict, the United Nations Syria special envoy Staffan de Mistura says. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. 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 realise 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." He 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.