New envoy for Syria appointed

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Lakhdar Brahimi

A new envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League has been appointed to try to help end the violence in Syria.

A spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Friday that veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has been given the assignment.

Mr. Ban has made the appointment along with Secretary-General Nabil ElAraby of the League of Arab States.

Speaking for the UN Secretary-General, Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo del Buey says the violence and the suffering in Syria must end.

"The Secretary-General appreciates Mr. Brahimi's willingness to bring his considerable talents and experience to this crucial task for which he will need, and rightly expects, the strong, clear and unified support of the international community, including the Security Council. Diplomacy to promote a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria remains a top priority for the United Nations."

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Mr. Brahimi will take over from former United Nation Secretary-General Kofi Annan who has resigned.

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