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Algerian Lakhdar Brahimi named new UN Syria envoy

  • Senior Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has been appointed as the new United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria.

    The 78-year-old will succeed Kofi Annan, who stepped down earlier this month after his six-point peace plan failed to result in a ceasefire.

    The announcement comes a day after the UN ended its military observer mission in Syria.

    Brahimi has held several high-profile diplomatic posts, including as a UN envoy in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Africa and Haiti. As a senior Arab League official between 1984-91, he also negotiated the end of Lebanon’s civil war before going on to serve as Algeria’s foreign minister between 1991-93.

    According to activists, around 20,000 people have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March last year. Tens of thousands of people have also fled the country.