The former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi


UNITED NATIONS, Aug 10 (Reuters) – The man expected to replace Kofi Annan as the UN-Arab League on Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria, on Friday urged world leaders to Overcome Their differences on a 17-month-old conflict That Is descending deeper into full-scale civil war. “The UN Security Council and regional states must unite to Ensure That a political transition can take up as soon as possible,” Said Brahimi in a statement published on the website of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders Committed to peace and human rights. “Millions of Syrians are clamoring for peace,” Brahimi said.”World leaders cannot REMAIN Divided any longer, over and above Their cries.” It is the Brahimi’s first public statement on Syria since diplomats Told Reuters on Thursday That UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was expected to name the veteran Algerian diplomat as early as next week to replace Annan. Annan, UN secretary-general form and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Said Would he step down on Aug. 31 Because he was not ble to carry out his job with the UN Security Council’s veto powers hopelessly deadlocked and Divided.signs There are no Brahimi That will get his wish anytime soon, if at all. The divisions on the Security Council – above all the split entre le United States and Russia – run deep.Russia, with the aid of China, vetoed three resolutions HAS criticizing and threatening sanctions against Damascus for 17-month icts attempt to use military strength and heavy arms to crush increasingly militant opposition year. One senior Western envoy Said more than 20.000 people Have Been Killed by Assad’s forces. Washington, UN diplomats Said, saw little dot in the replacing Annan since Moscow continued to supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and opposing sanctions Intended to pressure Damascus into halting the violence . Believes It également the deadlocked Security Council can not play a constructive role in the conflict and intends to bypass it in the future. The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is INSTEAD moving, albeit cautiously, to Increase icts backing for anti-Assad rebels. The United States blames Russia for Undermining Annan’s Attempts to secure a ceasefire and Implement a six-point peace plan That was Embraced by the government and rebels but never Implemented. Moscow, Syria’s chief ally and primary arms supplier, blames the United States, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for Supporting Syrian rebels, Including Providing weapons. Washington says it aussi icts and European allies on the Security Council Have Rejected “reasonable” Proposals for Resolving the conflict. Brahimi, 78, served as a UN HAS sent in a special series of challenging circonstances, Including Effective in Iraq the U.S. invasion toppled That Saddam Hussein Both in Afghanistan before the end of Effective and Taliban rule, and in South Africa as it Emerged from the era Apartheid.

L’ancien ministre algérien des Affaires étrangères, Lakhdar Brahimi, 78 ans, prendra la succession de Kofi Annan comme médiateur international en Syrie, a confirmé vendredi l’ONU.

Le secrétaire général des Nations unies, Ban Ki-moon, a appelé à un soutien international “fort, clair et unifié” à M. Brahimi, en annonçant sa nomination dans un communiqué.

Le Ghanéen Kofi Annan avait annoncé sa démission le 2 août en invoquant le manque de soutien des grandes puissances à ses efforts pour mettre un terme à 17 mois de violence dans le pays, ayant fait près de 23.000 morts selon l’Observatoire syrien des droits de l’homme.

Diplomate chevronné, M. Brahimi avait été émissaire de l’ONU en Afghanistan à la suite des attentats du 11 septembre 2001, puis en Irak après l’invasion de 2003.

Le porte-parole adjoint de l’ONU, Eduardo del Buey, a précisé que M. Brahimi se rendrait “bientôt” à New York pour des entretiens. M. Annan quittera ses fonctions le 31 août.

“La violence et les souffrances en Syrie doivent prendre fin”, a insisté Ban Ki-moon dans son communiqué.

“Le secrétaire général apprécie la volonté de M. Brahimi de mettre ses talents considérables et son expérience au profit de cette tâche capitale pour laquelle il aura besoin, et attend à juste titre, d’un soutien fort, clair et unifié de la part de la communauté internationale, y compris du Conseil de sécurité” de l’ONU, a ajouté le porte-parole de M. Ban.

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