Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Ban accepts Brahimi's resignation as Syria's Special Representative effective May 31  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) - 14/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced Lakhdar Brahimi's resignation as Joint Special Representative for Syria as of May 31, but would announce the right successor at the right time.

Addressing the daily press briefing in person, in Brahimi's presence, Ban said "it is with great regret that, I have decided to accept the request of Mr Lakhdar Brahimi to relinquish his duties as Joint Special Representative of the Secretary General and League of Arab States, effective 31 May 2014." Ban praised Brahimi who has "long been recognized as one of the world's most brilliant diplomats, as well as an outstanding proponent of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

"That the objective to which he applied his extraordinary talents has proven elusive is a tragedy for the Syrian people. That his efforts have not received effective support from the United Nations body that is charged with upholding peace and security, and from countries with influence on the Syrian situation, is a failure of all of us." He added that he will continue to count on Brahimi's "wisdom, advice and unique experience" on other issues of concern to the United Nations.

Ban noted that during his two-year mission, Brahimi has sought an end to the "brutal and still worsening civil war in Syria. He has faced almost impossible odds, with a Syrian nation, Middle Eastern region and wider international community that have been hopelessly divided in their approaches to ending the conflict." He said Brahimi has "persevered, with great patience and skill, because he knows that without efforts towards a new Syria, the Syrian people will be condemned to further suffering." Ban "greatly appreciate" Brahimi's diplomacy in organizing the Geneva Conference on Syria and for facilitating the intra-Syria talks earlier this year. I regret that the parties, and especially the Government, have proven so reluctant to take advantage of that opportunity to end the country's profound misery." He renewed his appeal to them to show the "wisdom and sense of responsibility that could allow a way out of this nightmare. I also reiterate my strong view that there must be accountability for the terrible crimes that have been - and are being - committed," such as deliberate starvation of communities by preventing humanitarian access.

Ban reiterated his call on all involved, including those states with influence over the parties, "to reflect deeply on what we should do at this moment to generate hope of a better future for the people of Syria."

Asked about a plan B, Ban said "we are still working on plan A while we are regrettably letting Ambassador Brahimi leave this position. I am sure he will stay around us and will always be ready to provide his experience and expertise. Then we will have to think what course of action we will have to take very seriously for some time. We may have an opportunity of discussing with you later." He said "we will have to find his successor, but since this announcement was made today, let me take some time to think of who should be the right person. We have had former (Secretary General) Kofi Annan, then Brahimi, the most brilliant and experienced person, not only in the region but the whole world." Brahimi, added, Ban, "knows all the persons involved. With his experience, we thought it was a natural expectation, that we would be able to deliver together, but somehow, because of the division, divided world here and there, at the UN and the region, we have not been able to make any progress during the last three years." He expressed regret that te Syrian government and opposition have failed. "This is their country, their people. We are here to help them. They have such a long, colorful very brilliant history and civilization. Why do they have to destroy it completely this way. I am urging them again to think about their own future. We will continuously be ready to work together with them for their future." Asked about Brahimi's successor, Ban said "I never indicated that I will appoint a successor. We will have to have somebody who will work after Brahimi left. But at this time, I will have to think who should be the right person at what time." He insinuated that the successor will not be joint representative. Whoever will take the job has to represent only the UN and not the Arab League.

Brahimi said the occasion is "very sad" because he will be leaving "Syria behind in such a bad state." He was confident that Ban "will continue to do everything that is humanly possible" to work with the Security Council, the neighbouring countries and the Syrian parties themselves to end this crisis," adding "I am sure this crisis will end.

"The question is that everybody who has a responsibility and an influence in this situation has to remember how many more deaths, how many more destruction are going to be before Syria becomes again the Syria we have known, the new Syria that will be different from the Syria of the past," he said.

 


Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)




  MENA News Headlines
 May 26 2015 - Qatar - HH the Emir Attends "Buzzard 4" SeminarQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attended Tuesday a part from the senior commanders seminar for the joint military drill "The Buzzard 4", organized by the Qatari Armed ...

 May 26 2015 - Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Meets Yemeni CounterpartQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah met Tuesday with his Yemeni counterpart Riyadh Yaseen, whose country is taking part in ...

 May 26 2015 - Bahrain arrests wanted fugitive and confiscates weapons used for terrorist activitiesEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) Security authorities in the Kingdom of Bahrain have announced the arrest of a wanted fugitive and the confiscation of a number of weapons used for terrorist ...

 May 26 2015 - UAE to participate in International Transport Forum 2015 SummitEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) The UAE is to participate in the International Transport Forum 2015 Summit in Leipzig, Germany, from 27th-29th May, 2015.A delegation from the Federal Authority ...

 May 26 2015 - Mohammed bin Rashid attends brainstorming session to discuss future of Smart GovernmentEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has attended a brainstorming session attended by 100 ...

 May 26 2015 - UAQ Crown Prince briefed on NCEMA's programmes and plansEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Qaiwain, has been briefed on strategic programmes, objectives, specialties and plans of ...

 May 26 2015 - UAE Project Management Conference opens opportunities and challenges in project management fieldEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) The first UAE Project Management Conference and Exhibition was launched yesterday. It was attended by speakers from the UAE, the Gulf Region, and experts from ...

 May 26 2015 - Nahyan affirms importance of innovative thoughts, adoption of UAE VisionEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, emphasised the importance of studying government excellence system and ...

 May 26 2015 - Five UAE sites identified as areas of global biological and ecological importance globallyEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) The UAE has identified five sites as areas of global biological and ecological importance during the recently-concluded regional workshop on Ecologically or ...

 May 26 2015 - Yemeni President meets Hadramout Alliance leadersSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has met with Hadramout Alliance leaders and discussed with them the current developments at the national level and what Yemen ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help