Thursday, May 9, 2013


UN: Brahimi to stay Syria's mediator

BEIJING, May 10 - The United Nations has confirmed that Lakhdar Brahimi will continue to be the UN-Arab League mediator in the Syrian conflict.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that Brahimi had agreed to stay on despite his frustration at the international deadlock that has prevented UN action to end the two-year civil war in the country.

Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, said, "We also hope now very, very much that all partners will seize this opportunity and really contribute to a political settlement, and that is the challenge that we will now have to mobilize everybody to go for the political road rather than a military road. I hope that we will now have momentum going in that direction.”

Brahimi has repeatedly threatened to step down, amid growing frustration at the failure of the US and Russia to overcome their differences over Syria. The dispute has left the UN Security Council deadlocked and incapable of taking meaningful action on Syria.

Following a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin, both the US and Russia agreed to arrange an international conference to reach a peace deal on Syria. The conference will aim to bring together the Syrian government and rebels. John Kerry has said that the talks could take place as early as this month. UN diplomats said Brahimi would likely play a key role in helping organize a conference on Syria.

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