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Syria appears to distance itself from UN’s peace envoy

Syria appears to distance itself from UN’s peace envoy

BEIRUT — Syria’s government appeared to distance itself from further engagement with the special peace envoy of the United Nations and Arab League on Thursday, declaring him ‘‘flagrantly biased’’ even as his efforts aimed at a political transition to end the nearly two-year Syrian conflict were accelerating.

The efforts by the special envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, include a planned meeting in Geneva on Friday with top diplomats from the two superpowers on opposite sides of the Syria conflict: the United States, which supports the insurgency, and Russia, which supports the Syrian government but has increasingly displayed ambiguity about support for President Bashar Assad.

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