UN envoy says ‘opportunity missed’ as Syria talks wrap up

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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, left, attends a round of negotiations with the delegation of the Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC) during the Intra Syria talks, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday.

GENEVA — The U.N. envoy for Syria said the latest round of Geneva talks ended without progress on Thursday after two fruitless weeks — a “golden opportunity missed” — and acknowledged that he needs to come up with new ideas to make headway toward ending Syria’s nearly seven-year war.