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.

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    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.


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