United Nations- U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey announced that the former Algerian foreign minister and longtime U.N. official Lakhdar Brahimi would succeed Kofi Annan as joint U.N.-Arab League envoy.
The United Nations has announced that Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will replace Kofi Annan as peace envoy to Syria.
Lakhdar Brahimi (al-Akhdar el-Ibrahimi) is a former Algerian foreign minister. Brahimi, 78, has been a diplomatic troubleshooter for decades, having served as a U.N. special envoy for Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and South Africa.
Brahimi has also worked in several high-profile positions at the U.N., gaining a reputation as a tough, independent negotiator. He also helped negotiate the end of Lebanon's civil war.
Brahimi is a member of the Elders, a group of former world leaders working for global peace.
Earlier last week, Kofi Annan announced his resignation earlier this month after failing to achieve a temporary cease-fire during six-month tenure.
On Tuesday, a spokesman for Annan said Syrian authorities have backed former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi, a veteran U.N. troubleshooter in hotspots including Afghanistan and Iraq, as his successor, but it was unclear whether Brahimi had accepted the post.
Several U.N. diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made, said Brahimi wants a signal of support from the council. What kind of support Brahimi wants remains unclear.
U.N. officials said Ban hoped to make an announcement about Annan’s successor in the coming days, whether or not it would be Brahimi who takes over.
Press reports indicated earlier that whoever replaces Annan will inherit his moribund six-point peace plan, which both the rebels and government had initially embraced but is now in tatters, with the violence escalating dramatically in recent weeks as the government steps up its onslaught to wipe out rebel territorial gains.