NEW YORK, July 18, 2014 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) shakes hands with his Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, prior to their meeting at the UN headquarters in New York, on July 17, 2014. UN chief Ban Ki-moon on July 10 named veteran UN official Staffan de Mistura as new UN mediator on Syria crisis, to succeed former UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Ban also named Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, former deputy Egyptian foreign minister, as De Mistura's deputy.

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (C) poses for a picture with his Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (L) and Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy prior to their meeting at the UN headquarters

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