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UN Syria envoy says civilian safety needs to be a priority

The UN envoy on Syria is urging that the utmost be done to avoid civilian casualties as he tries to bring warring parties together to find a political solution in the country.

UN envoy on Syria seeks to bring parties together to find political solution to conflict

Syrian soldiers celebrate the capture of Achan in Syria's Hama province on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda/Associated Press)

The UN envoy on Syria is urging that the utmost be done to avoid civilian casualties as he tries to bring warring parties together to find a political solution in the country.

Staffan de Mistura said Monday that protection of civilians should be a priority and urged the Syrian air force to stop using inaccurate "barrel bombs."

"Since the Syrian authorities now do have, through the Russian involvement, the very accurate opportunity to actually address what they consider their enemies, there is no excuse for the most inaccurate weapon of this conflict," he said.

He noted slow progress on four working groups meant to discuss key issues before broader talks, saying the Syrian government had "announced its availability" while some opposition groups had "indicated their intention of being involved."

United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, says 'there is no excuse' for using inaccurate barrel bombs in Syria. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

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