Lakhdar Brahimi was Appointed the New UN Arab League Envoy for Syria

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Lakhdar Brahimi was appointed the New UN Arab League Envoy for Syria

Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi was appointed the new UN – Arab League envoy for Syria on 17th August, 2012. He will succeed Kofi Annan, who resigned earlier this month after his six – point peace plan failed to achieve a meaningful cease – fire. Lakhdar Brahimi will be known as the Joint Special Representative for Syria.

The 78 – year – old Algerian diplomat has served as a U.N. special envoy in Iraq after the U.S. invasion, in Afghanistan, before and after the end of Taliban rule, and in South Africa after the apartheid era. He also brokered an end to the Lebanese civil war as a senior Arab League official between 1984 – 91. He went on to serve as Algerian foreign minister between 1991 – 1993.

The opposition Syrian National Council and new UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi had a run – in on Sunday over whether it was time for Syrian President Bashar al – Assad to step down. “The revolutionary Syrian people were shocked and dismayed by Mr Lakhdar Brahimi’s statements”, said the exiled opposition coalition, triggering a retort from the envoy.

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“We call on the international envoy — who has not yet consulted with any Syrians on his appointment or his mission — to apologise to our people for taking this unacceptable position”, the SNC said.

The United Nations has announced that Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will replace Kofi Annan as peace envoy to Syria.

UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey announced Friday that the former Algerian foreign minister and longtime UN official would succeed Mr. Annan as joint UN – Arab League envoy.

Mr. Brahimi is a member of the Elders, a group of former world leaders working for global peace.

Mr. Annan announced his resignation earlier this month after failing to achieve a temporary ceasefire during a six – month tenure.

The Security Council announced Thursday it would end the UN military observer mission in Syria.

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