Wednesday, April 17, 2013

UN Diplomats: Brahimi Hopes to Drop Link to Arab League

UNITED NATIONS, (SANA)- UN Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, hopes to "revamp his role" as an international mediator a United Nations envoy without any official link to the Arab League, U.N. diplomats said on Tuesday. 

"Brahimi has become increasingly frustrated with the league's moves to recognize the Syrian opposition, which he feels has undermined his role as a neutral mediator," Reuters quoted diplomats as saying on condition of anonymity. 

"The joint special representative feels that the Arab League approach makes it difficult for him to carry out his mandate," a diplomat said. 

"He feels that it would be best to be associated only with the United Nations at this point to ensure his neutrality," he added. 

Another U.N. diplomat confirmed the remarks. 

The Arab League last month took at Doha Summit an unprecedented decision to grant Syria's seat to an illegitimate party, in a blatant violation of its Charter and statute and the rules of the joint Arab action and as a clear encouragement of the approach of violence and extremism which endangers the whole Arab nation and the world and not just Syria. 

H. Said
Official Source at Arab League Denies News of Al-Arabi's Resignation
Apr 16, 2013
CAIRO, (SANA) – An official source at the office of the Arab League Secretary General denied news reported by some websites which said that Secretary General Nabil al-Rabi resigned his post.

The source told the Middle East News Agency (MENA) that these news are baseless and that al-Arabi is performing his task as Secretary General as usual.

H. Sabbagh

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