New UN-Arab League envoy for Syria welcomed by UN General Assembly

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Lakhdar Brahimi

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday afternoon welcomed the newly-appointed joint Special Representative of the UN and Arab League for Syria.

Lakhdar Brahimi told the Assembly that he is preparing to start what he called a "difficult mission" to help resolve the conflict in Syria.

He said the grave situation in the Middle Eastern country has been deteriorating steadily and the toll is staggering.

Mr. Brahimi said the destruction in Syria is reaching catastrophic proportions and the suffering is immense.

 "The future of Syria will be built by its people and none other. The support of the international community is indispensable and urgent. It will only be effective if all pull in the same direction. As I told the Secretary-General a few days ago, Mr. (Nasser) Al Kidwa and my team I will spare no effort to participate in the common endeavour to find peace for the people of Syria."  

Mr. Brahimi said he is looking forward to his visit to Damascus in a few days time and when convenient, to other countries to help the Syrian-led political process become a reality.

(Duration: 30")

 

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