New UN envoy arrives in Damascus on first Syria trip
Geir Pedersen spoke briefly to reporters upon his arrival in the Syrian capital on Tuesday.
UN Special Envoy @GeirOPedersen arrived in #Damascus and looking forward to productive meetings here.— UN Special Envoy for Syria (@UNEnvoySyria) January 15, 2019
وصل المبعوث الأممي الخاص جير بيدرسون @GeirOPedersen الى #دمشق متطلعا الى اجتماعات مثمرة يجريها هناك
Pedersen’s office, in a tweet, said the envoy is looking forward to productive meetings in Damascus.
Syria has said it will cooperate with Pederson if he avoids the “methods” of his predecessor and commits to Syria’s territorial integrity.
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Meanwhile, the United Nations reported that freezing temperatures and the lack of medical care have killed at least 15 displaced Syrian children in recent weeks.
The UN Children Fund (UNICEF) said eight of them had died as a result of freezing temperatures in the Rukban camp in southeastern Syria and seven others during the displacement from the militant bastion of Hajin, further north.
Nearly half a million people have been killed in the seven-year civil war in Syria.
The Syrian government has regained control over the majority of the country's territory since the Russian military intervened in 2015, backing Assad's government.
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