Syria war: ‘Grasp window of opportunity’, says UN envoy

Pedersen, like every UN envoy before him, is again turning to foreign powers, including Russia and Iran who call many of the shots in Syria, to try to find a negotiated way out of this quagmire. It’s an approach rooted in realpolitik, but also the shock and sorrow that Syria could have spiralled into such darkness – on the world’s watch.