STILL NO UN SPECIAL ENVOY TO SYRIA
LAKHDAR BRAHIMI REPLACES KOFI ANNAN AS UN-AL ENVOY TO SYRIA
UN OFFICIALLY TERMINATES SYRIAN OBSERVER MISSION
After weeks of speculation on who the new Special Envoy on Syria would be — the announcement was made Friday at high noon.
The name of Lakhdar Brahimi — the former Algerian foreign minister and career diplomat –came as no surprise.
Brahimi had been pegged for days as the new Special Envoy — but he was reported to be concerned about the feasibility of the job –considering Kofi Annan’s frustrations.
Annan’s six-point plan failed to bring peace to Syria — and the former Secretary-General blamed a deadlocked Security Council for a lack of support.
What changed his mind isn’t clear — since there’s been no change in the Security Council’s staunch East / West deadlock.
The Security Council President for August — Gerard Araud of France — has called the job nearly impossible to accomplish.
He’s also said that he feels the Special Representative’s job is now to mainly stand by in case a political solution emerges and needs to be mediated.
Del Buey said that there is blanket support for Brahimi from the Council.
Evidence of irreconcilable differences on the Security Council isn’t hard to find –however.
A Friday meeting of the Syria Action Group that was called for by Russia ended up being postponed indefinitely.
It had been called a good opportunity for Western member states to back up their calls for a political solution with solid action by Vitaly Churkin.
The US — France — and Qatar — however — were reportedly no-shows.