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Syria UN-Arab League Special Envoy Brahimi resigns

Lakhdar BrahimiThe United Nations (UN)-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has resigned, the UN says.

On Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced during a daily press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York that he has accepted the resignation of Brahimi, describing it as a “tragedy for the Syrian people” and a “failure” for the UN.

“That the objective to which he applied his extraordinary talents has proven elusive is a tragedy for the Syrian people,” said Ban, adding, “That his efforts have not received effective support from the United Nations body that is charged with upholding peace and security, and from countries with influence on the Syria situation, is a failure of all of us.”

“He has persevered, with great patience and skill, because he knows that without efforts towards a new Syria, the Syrian people will be condemned to further suffering,” the UN chief added.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

Brahimi was appointed the UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria on August 17, 2012. He had served as the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from October 2001 to December 2004.

Brahimi, who was present at the Tuesday briefing, said he was “very, very sad to leave Syria in such a bad state.”

“I’m sure the crisis will end, but all [stakeholders] should consider how much more death, how much more destruction will occur… before Syria can become a new Syria,” he said.

Brahimi succeeded Kofi Annan, a former secretary general of the UN, who also resigned from his post as the international envoy for the crisis in Syria on August 2, 2012.

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