STILL NO UN SPECIAL ENVOY TO SYRIA

Posted on August 15, 2012 by

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SEE >> LAKHDAR BRAHIMI REPLACES KOFI ANNAN AS UN-AL ENVOY TO SYRIA

It’s been nearly two weeks since Kofi Annan walked off the job in frustration as UN Special Envoy on Syria — blaming a deadlocked UN Security Council.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office is asked each day who will replace Annan — but no appointment’s been made.

Dozens of reports point to former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi as the new man for the post. But does he actually even want it?

Experts say Syria becomes more unsafe as the foreign backed militant groups there receive more and more foreign aid.

With the Security Council hamstrung on Syria — Council President Gerard Araud says he wouldn’t blame anyone for passing on the job offer.

Brahimi is reportedly asking for a unified Security Council before he takes the job — something that eluded Annan and stymied his best efforts — and isn’t any more likely now than when Annan served.

The Secretary-General recently sent a letter to Araud blasting both sides of the Syrian conflict for continued fighting and calling for humanitarian assistance.

The Security Council will hold closed-door consultations on the UN Supervision Mission to Syria’s dwindling mandate — and on Ban’s letter — which calls for an office for the new Special Envoy in Damascus.

The 20th of August is when UNSMIS’ mandate comes to an end — if no further extension is produced by the Security Council.

Araud adds that though the job of Special Envoy may be incredibly difficult — there should be someone in place in case a political solution is discussed.

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