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Brahimi to be new UN envoy to Syria

10th August 2012 | 1.163 Views
Brahimi to be new UN envoy to Syria
Former UN Secretary General and UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan delivered statements to the press that he resigned from his position in Syria's conflict several week ago. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)
United Nations, New York (ANTARA News) - Former Algerian foreign minister Lakhdar Brahimi is to be named as the new United Nations and Arab League peace envoy to Syria in place of Kofi Annan, diplomats said Thursday.

An official announcement of the appointment of the 78-year-old Brahimi is expected to be made early next week, diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because negotiations over the appointment are continuing.

Annan said last week he was leaving his post because of what he said was the lack of international support for his efforts to end the 17-month-old Syria conflict in which activists say more than 20,000 people have been killed.

Brahimi was a UN envoy in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks and then in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

He is being brought out of retirement to represent the United Nations and the Arab League in a diplomatic push to end the slaughter in fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and anti-regime rebels.