» 08/10/2012, 00.00
SYRIA - UN
The United Nations appoints a successor to Kofi Annan in Syria
Lakhdar Brahimi, the Algerian diplomat, will be the UN and Arab League new envoy. He has served as special envoy of war in various areas of the world. His appointment will be formally announced early next week.
Syria welcomes Kofi Annan with more than 80 dead
Former UN Secretary General will meet President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to negotiate a political solution to the civil war. For the rebel troops, only "a waste of time." Yesterday, violence around the country left more than 80 dead.
As OPCW destroys chemical plants, Assad insists only Syrians can "decide on Syria's future"
In his meeting with UN-Arab League Special Envoy Lakdhar Brahimi, the Syrian President slams foreign powers for providing weapons to the rebels. The tête-à-tête took place yesterday in Damascus ahead of the Geneva Conference, scheduled for late November. The OPCW announces the destruction of all the 20 plants that made sarin gas for chemical weapons.
Syria's ceasefire "very fragile"
China backs observers' mission called for by agreement reached by Syria and the United Nations. Reports of air strikes and shelling continue however. The United States call for tighter sanctions, including an arms embargo.
Syria similar to Somalia, a “failed state” with warlords all over, Brahimi said
According to the Algerian diplomat and former UN peace envoy, the country is “failing” and consequences will affect the entire Middle East. With "no political” solution, the region is doomed to “blow up”. Hundreds of French, Britons extremists ready to fight “jihad” tighter with thousands from all over the world.
14/05/2014 SYRIA - UN
Lakhdar Brahimi, UN envoy to Syria, steps down from "mission impossible"
His resignation will be effective from May 31. The Algerian diplomat sorry "to leave Syria in a situation so bad ." Ban Ki-moon praised his "great patience" and criticizes the warring parties and the international community's divisions.
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