UN says Damascus is blocking efforts to end civil war

The outgoing UN envoy to Syria is hopeful that high-level meetings will lead to a solution, but is facing resistance from Syria's government about the who will attend the meetings.

by

    Leaders from Turkey, Russia, France and Germany are meeting in Istanbul to discuss the conflict in Syria.

    The United Nations has said that Damascus is blocking efforts to draft a new constitution which is key to ending the country's civil war.

    Outgoing UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has been hopeful that high-level meetings will lead to a solution, but Bashar al-Assad's government has repeatedly objected to the names de Mistura included on the list and has now challenged his authority to make the list at all.

    Al Jazeera's James Bays reports.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.