Canadian diplomat to head envoy`s office in Syria

A spokesman says Canadian diplomat Mokhtar Lamani will head the Damascus office for the Lakhdar Brahimi, the new UN-Arab League envoy to Syria.

Geneva: A spokesman says Canadian diplomat Mokhtar Lamani will head the Damascus office for the Lakhdar Brahimi, the new UN-Arab League envoy to Syria.

The spokesman for the envoy, Ahmad Fawzi, said today that Lamani, a Canadian national of Moroccan origin, is well suited for the job having served as a special Arab League envoy to Iraq and as the Organisation of the Islamic Conference`s UN ambassador in New York from 1998 to 2002.
Brahimi took over as envoy to Syria this month, succeeding Kofi Annan who resigned in frustration over failed efforts to end a civil war that activists say has claimed 23,000 to 26,000 lives.

PTI

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