27 October 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas

  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato

    » 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.

    New York (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, will succeed Kofi Annan to the post of UN and Arab League special envoy for the peace process in Syria. The news is not confirmed yet, but according to diplomatic sources, the appointment of Brahimi will be formally announced in the coming days, change over ceremony with Annan will be held at the end of August. The former UN secretary-general announced his resignation on August 3 last. He accused the UN Security Council of deep divisions and emphasized the growing militarization of the conflict.

    Brahimi's task will be to seek a diplomatic way to end the war in Syria and bring regime and rebels of the Free Syrian Army to the negotiating table, who staunchly refuse any dialogue. After two weeks of siege, Assad's forces have captured the last quarter of Salah al-Din, one of the strategic points of Aleppo. Today the FSA rebels confirmed the withdrawal of their forces from the area.

    Brahimi, 78, was the special envoy of the UN in several hotspots of the planet and has served as a mediator in many conflicts. He was foreign minister during the Algerian civil war (1991 to 1993), represented the United Nations in Afghanistan from 1997-1999 and from 2001 to 2004, and in Iraq after the 2003invasion. He retired in 2005, in 2009 he was offered to lead a group of independent experts to conduct training programs for UN staff in the world. Brahimi is part of the "Elders", a group formed by diplomats, politicians and religious leaders who meet regularly to analyze and try for mediation in countries and areas affected by conflict. The group includes former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Martti Ahtisaari, former Finnish president and Nobel Peace Laureate.


    e-mail this to a friend Printable version

    See also

    10/03/2012 SYRIA
    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.

    31/10/2013 SYRIA
    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.

    20/04/2012 SYRIA
    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.

    09/06/2014 SYRIA
    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.

    Editor's choices

    The new bishop of Changzhi and the many voices on China-Vatican dialogue

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".


    Pope: the cruelty of those who kill children in Iraq “makes us weep”

    "Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed for far too long against innocent citizens, be they Muslim, Christian or members of other ethnic groups and religions."  World Mission Day “is time of courage”.


    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.


    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google


    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®