Lakhdar Brahimi
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Lakhdar Brahimi appointed UN envoy for Syria

Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is the new UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, officials have confirmed.

The 78-year-old will succeed Kofi Annan, who resigned earlier this month after his six-point peace plan failed to achieve a meaningful ceasefire.

A former UN envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq, Mr Brahimi also negotiated the end of Lebanon's civil war.

The announcement comes one day after the UN called an end to its military observer mission in Syria.

  • 17 Aug 2012