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Veteran UN envoy Brahimi to replace Annan in Syria – diplomats


Former Algerian foreign minister Lakhdar Brahimi is expected to replace Kofi Annan as the new UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, diplomats say. Annan announced last week that he would step down as the mediator in the crisis.

Known as a diplomatic trouble-shooter, Brahimi served as United Nations special envoy to Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti and South Africa. He retired from his duties at the end of 2005.

Former UN chief and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan said last week that he was leaving his post due to a lack of international support for his effort to end the 17-month conflict in Syria, which has reportedly claimed 17,000 lives so far.

The official announcement on the new joint-UN and Arab League envoy to Syria could come as early as next week, according to some diplomats, though they added there is still a chance of last-minute changes, Reuters reports.

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