Brahimi to quit as Syria peace envoy: diplomats


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UN-Arab League Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is on the verge of quitting amid growing frustration at deadlocked international efforts to end the worsening conflict, diplomats said Wednesday.

Like Annan, Brahimi has been frustrated by international divisions over Syria — with Russia backing President Bashar al-Assad, while western nations and Arab Gulf states give increased backing to the Syrian opposition.

Brahimi, 79, has been criticized by the Syrian opposition, and Assad’s government said last week it would no longer cooperate with him.

Ban, al-Arabi and all five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France — want Brahimi to stay, diplomats said.

Some diplomats said Brahimi could keep a role as an advisor to the UN leader on Syria or the Middle East, who could step in if the Assad government collapses and an international rescue operation is needed.

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(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

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