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UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura gives a press conference during the Intra-Syrian peace talks at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, on March 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES

Beirut, Paris, New York – An Arab-Kurdish administration could see the light in Raqqa and its suburbs after their liberation from ISIS, while the international coalition are overseeing the training of a local police force to perform security missions in the city after its liberation, a Kurdish official said on Saturday.

The official, who wished to remain unidentified, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “preparations were under way to form a Raqqa civilian council, police forces, and municipal councils in anticipation of Raqqa’s liberation to prevent chaos in the city.”

Meanwhile, Kurdish official Awas Ali, who comes from Raqqa province told Reuters that the civilian council in the city would consist mainly of Arabs, in line with Raqqa’s demography, but also include Kurds and other ethnic groups.

Separately, European sources told Asharq Al-Awat that UN Special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura plans to resign from his mission for family reasons.

The sources said de Mistura had presented his resignation to former UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon as he did the same with current secretary general Antonio Guterres.

The sources said Guterres had asked the special envoy to remain in power until the end of his mission, which coincides next Friday.

Therefore, it was not a coincident when de Mistura set March 31 as the date to end the fifth round of the Syrian talks in Geneva, where regime and opposition delegations met on Saturday.

With this month ends the mission delegated by Ban ki-Moon in May 2014 to the Swedish-Italian diplomat who was tasked to find a political exit that could end the Syrian war.

Both his predecessors former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Algerian veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi had failed to complete the peace-facilitation role in Syria.

However, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told Asharq Al-Awsat that he refuses to comment on the information, saying it was “inaccurate.”