News / Middle East

Veteran Algerian Diplomat to Seek Peace in Syria

Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria (2012 photo)Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria (2012 photo)
x
Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria (2012 photo)
Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria (2012 photo)
Peter Fedynsky
NEW YORK — Algerian statesman Lakhdar Brahimi has been named as the United Nations/Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria.  His mission will be to stop the fighting in Syria.  He replaces outgoing envoy Kofi Annan, who resigned two weeks ago amid frustration with lack of progress toward peace in the war-torn country.

The announcement of the Brahimi appointment came in a brief statement read by Eduardo del Buey, deputy spokesperson for the secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon.

"The secretary general appreciates Mr. Brahimi’s willingness to bring his considerable talents and experience to this crucial task for which he will need and rightly expect a strong, clear and unified support of the international community, including the Security Council,” del Buey said.

The statement says more fighting and militarization will only exacerbate the suffering and make more difficult the path to a peaceful resolution of the crisis, which will lead to a political transition in accordance with the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.

Del Buey said Brahimi is expected to arrive soon in New York to meet with the secretary general.  Only then, said del Buey, will there be any public discussion of policy or the logistics of Brahimi’s mission.  The spokesperson said Brahimi preferred to be called joint special representative rather than envoy.  

Reacting to the Brahimi appointment, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the United States looks forward to continuing to work closely with the U.N. to support an end to the bloodshed in Syria.  Earnest added that the U.S. position and view about the solution to the Syrian problem has not changed, and that it is time for President Assad to step down and to allow a political transition to move forward.

The 78-year-old diplomat served as Algerian foreign minister and also special U.N. representative for Afghanistan and Iraq.  He succeeds envoy Kofi Annan who resigned two weeks ago, citing frustration over his inability to bring an end to 18 months of fighting in Syria between the government and opposition rebels.

Meanwhile, Russia has indefinitely postponed Friday’s meeting of the Action Group on Syria, an initiative which the country’s ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, announced just the day before.  Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reports the postponement came at the request of some group members.  Other news reports indicate lack of interest in the Russian initiative.  The Action Group for Syria includes the U.N. and Arab League, Security Council members and also the European Union, Turkey, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar.

You May Like

Tunnel Bombs Highlight Savagery of Aleppo Fight

Rebels have used tunneling tactic near government buildings, command posts or supply routes to set off explosives; they detonated their largest bomb this week under Syria's intelligence headquarters More

Sierra Leone Launches New Initiative to Stop Ebola Spread

Government hopes Infection and Prevention Control Units, IPC, will help protect patients and healthcare workers More

UN Official: Fight Against Terrorism Must Not Violate Human Rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says efforts by states to combat terrorism are resulting in large scale rights violations against the very citizens they claim to defend More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: ahmad hussein annan from: Syria
August 18, 2012 9:32 PM
A Syrians Parable say: If you don't feel the shame, do what ever you want. ALakhdar knows well that his mission is not to solve the crisis but to draw attention away from the facts. The message of the regime has been clear from the very beginning of the conflict; If you don't accept Assad we will destroy you. The Mediators stink tremendously and the flow of convoys transport increasingly bad smells. the world is supporting Assad program of ideological and sectarian cleansening. Israel is happy too www.ahmadannan.webs.com

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Video Claims to Show Shia Forces in Iraq Executing Sunni Boyi
X
Jeff Seldin
March 05, 2015 2:36 AM
A graphic mobile phone video is spreading on the Internet, claiming to show Iraqi forces or Shia militia executing a handcuffed Sunni boy. Experts have yet to verify the video, but already Islamic State followers are publicizing it across social media, playing on deep-rooted sectarian fears. VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports.
Video

Video Video Claims to Show Shia Forces in Iraq Executing Sunni Boy

A graphic mobile phone video is spreading on the Internet, claiming to show Iraqi forces or Shia militia executing a handcuffed Sunni boy. Experts have yet to verify the video, but already Islamic State followers are publicizing it across social media, playing on deep-rooted sectarian fears. VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports.
Video

Video Ukrainian Authorities Struggle to Secure a Divided Mariupol

Since last month's cease-fire went into effect, shelling around the port city of Mariupol has decreased, but it is thought pro-Russian separatists remain poised to attack. For the city’s authorities, a major challenge is gaining the trust of residents, while at the same time rooting out informants who are passing sensitive information to the rebels. Patrick Wells reports for VOA.
Video

Video Volunteer Gauge-Watchers Help Fine-Tune Weather Science

An observation system called CoCoRaHS is working to improve weather science, thanks to thousands of volunteers across the country who measure precipitation in their own backyards, then share their data through the Internet. VOA's Shelley Schlender reports.
Video

Video NASA Spacecraft Approaches a Dwarf Planet

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will make history on Friday, March 6, when it becomes the first man-made object to orbit a dwarf planet named Ceres. It is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, almost 500 million kilometers from Earth. Among other objectives, Dawn will try to examine two mysterious bright white spots detected on the planet’s surface. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Muslims Radicalized Online

Young Muslims are being radicalized ‘in their bedrooms’ through direct contact with Islamic State or ISIL fighters via the Internet, according to terror experts. There are growing concerns that authorities and Internet providers are not doing enough to counter online extremism - which analysts say is spread by a prolific network of online supporters around the world. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video African Americans Recall 1960s Fight For Voting Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama and thousands of people will gather in the small southern U.S. city of Selma, Alabama, Saturday, March 7 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a historic voting rights march that became known as “Bloody Sunday." VOA’s Chris Simkins traveled to Alabama and introduces us to some of the foot soldiers of the voting rights struggles of the 1960s.
Video

Video Positive Messaging Transforms Ethiopia's Image

Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
Video

Video Cyber War Rages Between Iran, US

A newly published report indicates Iran and the United States have increased their cyber attacks on each other, even as their top diplomats are working toward an agreement to guarantee Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon and to free Iran from international sanctions. The development is part of a growing global trend. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video Answers Elude Families of MH370 Passengers

For the families on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline official’s statement nearly one year ago that the plane had lost contact with air traffic control at 2:40 AM is the only thing that remains confirmed. William Ide reports.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More