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UN envoy to present new Syria peace proposals

More than 230,000 people have died in the conflict and almost half of Syria's population has been driven from their homes
UN peace envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks at a news conference on 5 May in Geneva (AFP)

The UN peace envoy for Syria plans to present new proposals at the end of July on the next steps needed in efforts to end the war, the UN spokesman said Friday.

Staffan de Mistura briefed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and several ambassadors about his new peace plan during week-long talks at UN headquarters in New York.

"The special envoy intends to finalise by the end of July his proposals to the secretary-general on a way forward to support Syrian parties in their search of a political solution to the conflict," the spokesman said.

De Mistura will brief the Security Council on 28 July.

The Swedish-Italian diplomat has been holding meetings in Geneva over the past two months with key players in the Syria conflict to try to advance peace prospects.

The Geneva consultations were launched after De Mistura's plan for a freeze in fighting in the city of Aleppo failed.

There have been no peace talks on Syria since the so-called Geneva II meetings in early 2014 ended in failure.

The search for a solution to end the war, now in its fifth year, has been complicated by divisions within the Security Council.

Syrian ally Russia, backed by China, has vetoed resolutions targeting the Damascus government.

More than 230,000 people have died in the conflict and almost half of the country's population has been driven from their homes.

De Mistura was appointed last July to take over what many termed a "mission impossible" to bring peace to Syria, after two top-notch diplomats, Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi, resigned after failing at the same task.