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Syria mission nearly impossible: UN envoy Brahimi

Last Updated: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 12:58

Damascus: The new UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has given a pessimistic view of the task ahead of him, saying that the Syrian mission is ‘nearly impossible’.

Brahimi has been appointed as the new UN envoy in Syria, replacing Kofi Annan, who has quit for failing to stop the bloodshed in the country.

“I’m coming into this job with my eyes open, and no illusions,” Brahimi said.

“I know how difficult it is - how nearly impossible. I can’t say impossible - [it is] nearly impossible,” Brahimi told the BBC in an interview in New York.

According to the report, Brahimi also admitted some of his anxieties about his mission, saying he could understand those frustrated with the lack of international action in Syria.

“I’m scared of the weight of responsibility. People are already saying people are dying and what are you doing?” Brahimi said, adding: “And we are not doing much. That in itself is a terrible weight”.

He said he would keep Annan’s six-point peace plan, seen as irrelevant by many, in his ‘tool box’ for possible adaptation, but admitted he ‘had ideas, but no plan yet’, apart from talking to as many people as possible, the report said.

He said that the need for political change in Syria was ‘fundamental and urgent’ and urged both sides to end the bloodshed, but added that President Bashar al-Assad’s government bore the greatest responsibility.


First Published: Monday, September 3, 2012 - 12:58

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