UN Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi resigned

Lakhdar Brahimi resigned as United Nations special envoy in charge of mediating the civil war in Syria, after the failure of the peace talks he presided over in Geneva this year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he accepted Brahimi’s resignation, which takes effect May 31, notices Bloomberg.

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One day in Aleppo province (according Syrian Observatory for Human Rights): 19 civilians ( including 11 children and 2 women ) killed by aerial bombardment on Om al-Amad village, near Tal al-Daman in the southern countryside of Aleppo, 1 child killed by sniper in Jam’iah al-Zahraa area, 1 child killed by mortar shells fell on al-Neirab camp, in addition to 2 children and a woman killed by regime’s bombardment on Soran, and a woman died by wounds sustained earlier by regime’s bombardment on A’zaz city.

More than 150,000 people have so far been killed in the Syrian conflict. Some 2.5 million people have fled abroad, while 9 million people inside the country need help – including nearly 3.5 million who have no access to essential goods and services.

File photo of UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Brahimi addressing a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in GenevaThe Security Council has adopted five resolutions linked to the Syrian conflict – one in February demanding greater aid access, which has effectively been ignored by the warring parties, three resolutions in 2012 to mandate a failed U.N. observer mission to Syria and one last year on the eradication of Syria’s chemical weapons.

According Reuters, Brahimi has organized two rounds of negotiations in Geneva between Assad’s government and members of the opposition seeking to oust him. But Syria’s announcement that it would hold presidential elections on June 3 dealt a severe blow to Brahimi’s efforts. After trying for nearly two years to overcome “almost impossible odds” (as said Ban Ki-moon) to end a civil war, after confronting with the deeply divided Security Council, Brahimi resigned. 

Lakhdar Brahimi is the second U.N.-Arab envoy to quit after failing to achieve a breakthrough in the more than 3-year-old conflict between the regime of President Bashar Assad and rebel groups.

When Brahimi took over from his longtime friend, former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan, he said it would be “an extremely complicated and very, very difficult mission”. On Tuesday, he indicated he could see no end in the near future to the bloodshed.

Lakhdar Brahimi, 80, is a former Algerian foreign minister and longtime U.N. diplomat and troubleshooter in hotspots from Afghanistan to Iraq. He said he was humbled by Ban’s “extremely generous words on this occasion which is not very pleasant for me.”

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