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Peace envoy Brahimi back in Damascus on new mission

Published on Dec 23, 2012 10:14 PM
International peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrives at his hotel in Damascus, Dec 23, 2012. Mr Brahimi is expected to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a day later, airport sources in Lebanon said. --PHOTO: REUTERS

DAMASCUS (AFP) - International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in the Syrian capital on Sunday on a new mission to try to resolve a brutal conflict which has raged for almost two years.

Officials said the UN-Arab League envoy, seen at the Sheraton Hotel in central Damascus, travelled overland to Syria from neighbouring Lebanon for a previously unannounced visit.

"The international envoy crossed the Lebanese-Syrian border at about 2pm (12pm GMT)," one official said, after reports that Mr Brahimi had flown into Beirut International Airport.

Mr Brahimi last visited Syria on Oct 19, since when fighting has broken out between government forces and rebels on the road to Damascus airport.

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