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Brahimi to be new Syria mediator - report

2012-08-16 21:14

New York - Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has agreed to replace Kofi Annan as the international mediator on Syria, UN sources said on Thursday, as the 17-month-old conflict slips deeper into full-scale civil war.

Annan is stepping down at the end of August after six months in the job because he said his Syria peace plan was hampered by a divided and deadlocked UN Security Council.

Diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Brahimi, who had been undecided for days about whether to accept the offer of the post from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, did not want to be seen as a mere replacement of Annan but wanted an altered title and mandate.

It was not clear when the official announcement would be made, envoys said.

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  • shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-17 04:19

    a couple of weeks ago, one of the pro west fanatical supporters, on this form, catorgorically stated that Kofi Annan resigned because syria had breached every one of the 6 point peace plan . Which ofcourse was bolocks and a blatant lie! As stated in this report kofi's resignation was as a result of a divided and hopelessly deadlocked UN! Faced with the same situation, Brahimi is is destined to walk the same path! . In fact it would appear that UN member states are taking a stand and telling big bro (US) and litlle sissy(UK) to stop being trgger \r\n happy and further they are asking for concrete proof and just maybe they are applying conventions and international law preventing interference in a sovereing state's affairs and war mongering! Some may call that ''too weak to act'' but I say that sanity prevailed!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-17 05:10

      ""syria( assad ) had breached every one of the 6 point peace plan . Which ofcourse was bolocks and a blatant lie!"" Just for your info, I have pasted here the six point plan; Now , read slowly..................and see if this assad terrorist even stuck to one of his promises !!! (1) commit to work with the Envoy in an inclusive Syrian-led political process to address the legitimate aspirations and concerns of the Syrian people, and, to this end, commit to appoint an empowered interlocutor when invited to do so by the Envoy; (2) commit to stop the fighting and achieve urgently an effective United Nations supervised cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties to protect civilians and stabilise the country. To this end, the Syrian government should immediately cease troop movements towards, and end the use of heavy weapons in, population centres, and begin pullback of military concentrations in and around population centres. As these actions are being taken on the ground, the Syrian government should work with the Envoy to bring about a sustained cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties with an effective United Nations supervision mechanism. Similar commitments would be sought by the Envoy from the opposition and all relevant elements to stop the fighting and work with him to bring about a sustained cessation of armed violence in all its forms by all parties with an effective United Nations supervision mechanism;

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-17 05:19

      (3) ensure timely provision of humanitarian assistance to all areas affected by the fighting, and to this end, as immediate steps, to accept and implement a daily two hour humanitarian pause and to coordinate exact time and modalities of the daily pause through an efficient mechanism, including at local level; (4) intensify the pace and scale of release of arbitrarily detained persons, including especially vulnerable categories of persons, and persons involved in peaceful political activities, provide without delay through appropriate channels a list of all places in which such persons are being detained, immediately begin organizing access to such locations and through appropriate channels respond promptly to all written requests for information, access or release regarding such persons; (5) ensure freedom of movement throughout the country for journalists and a non-discriminatory visa policy for them; (6) respect freedom of association and the right to demonstrate peacefully as legally guaranteed "Blatant lie" ???? I am merely pointing out , that your comment, is just silly talk, but no surprise coming from a radical !! Try again !!

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-17 05:50

      anthony! You have yet to discover facts that is not fed to you via agencies (media or other) that have an agenda and therefore put a twist to a story! Read and comprehend this report, (we all know that, is beyond your ability, sadly!) but do so slowly....''koffi annan resigned because the Un was divided and hopelessly dedlocked' ' (on the syrian issue). The report does NOT STATE... The breach by syria!!!!! ( shall we go any slower...?) NOW we know you figured out how to copy and paste hence your white paper report above (look like a whole book)! Maybe you should try being a bakerman that way you can follow the recipe book with no need to think for yourself! What is silly... is your frequent and repeated contradiction to reports by UN and US officials to suit your own twisted view or is it your limited ability to compprehend!? It perhaps a good thing your are not in politics , your mate julius malema also tried and failed!!

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-17 06:04

      you are so bent on affairs in foreign countries (mostly...no all muslim countries!) that you havnt noticed that about 15 workers were shot dead in south africa's north west province, during a labour related protest yesterday! Not 'opposition fighters' but mine workers! I wonder if you had any part in the decision for police to shoot with live ammunition!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-17 06:04

      More silly talk; ""In fact it would appear that UN member states are taking a stand and telling big bro (US) and litlle sissy(UK) to stop being trgger \r\n happy and ....." 'trigger happy' !! What are you on about ? The fact is thar the US and the UK, let down the Syrian people and allowed these assad terrorists to slaughter anyone in their way. ""and further they are asking for concrete proof and...."" 23000 dead Syrians, not enough proof ?? Most of these dead,; unarmed civilians, killed mostly by assad'd terrorist army! You don't believe this ? Than why don't you ask; Ban Ki-moon Kofi Annan UN oberservers in Syria Gen Mood, previous head of UN Syrian mission HRW Amnesty International Red Cross Local eye witnesses Foreign reporters Etc, etc OR ARE THEY ALL LYING ???????????

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-17 06:14

      and you dont think that the ommision or silence about the deaths caused by the ''opposition'' or how big a part they had in the reported 23 000 deaths is the least bit strange? BTW you are the only person refering to this 'assad terrorist' when didi you decide that he was a terrorist? And what do you call the foreign fighters in syria...'angles'? I would rather risk sounding silly than sounding plain stupid!

      nibiru.sekkiejorge - 2012-08-17 06:38

      @ Shaik Your "angle" does not sound so bright either

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-17 07:16

      anty! The latest number reported to have been killed by SAPolice in the mineworkers protest = 25 , now tell me that there is a single perfect government in the world! The US have mass killings by gunmen almost every month, the latest was innocent sikh's at a temple, GB has rightwing racilly motivated killings and beatings frequently.! But naaa only muslims and arabs are voilent and brutal in your opinion!

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-17 07:19

      @nibiru, sorry for the typo, do you have anything usefull to add to the topic?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-17 07:46

      Shaik, Your comments re the tragedy in SA, proofs you are a SCUMBAG. FULL OF HATRED, INSULTS AND BS Why don't you just f... off !! Rubbish !!

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-17 07:58

      scumbag hey! Funny that's my opinion of you too! And you are so predictable... When you run out of silly stuff to say you resort to insults and personal attacks. Sound pretty much like your fellow south african , old Julius Malema....''' get out yo agent, bast*rd' if im correct, is what he told a foreign reporter! Note the similarity... foul mouth!! grow up! you intollerant twerp!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-17 18:06

      All the while, Syrians and their families are being butchered in their homes by an unelected dictator using their military against them. Syria is a sovereign state. The government of Syria however is not legitimate, a point you continue to fail to see.

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-17 23:41

      patrick. Yes he has earned himself the reputation of '' hot air bafoon'' he accuses a lot of people of polluting News24 when he is the main poluter!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-18 02:08

      patrick and Shaik, At least the two of you entertain each other, THAT mus be suchhhhhhhh great fun !!!! I am sure the one can hardly wait for the other's next 'intelligent' comment.

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-18 08:35

      anthony. Your vulgar outburst and immature ''throwing toys out of the cot''response to things you cant handle, is anything but entertaining! Its seems more like fullblown biopolar! Get it checked and use your medication because it normally leads to delusions and worst!

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