Joint UN-Arab League envoy goes to Russia

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Lakhdar Brahimi

The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the Arab League on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is travelling to Moscow to meet with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday, according to the UN spokesperson.

His visit is part of his efforts to end the conflict in Syria which started almost two years ago as a protest against the rule of President Bashar Al-Assad.

Mr. Brahimi, who has just completed a visit to Damascus, is proposing the formation of a transitional government with executive powers to be in charge until elections are held in Syria.

A statement issued by the UN Spokesperson on Friday clarifies that the envoy has never mentioned that President Assad should stay in power until 2014 as has been reported in the press.

It says Mr. Brahimi has been consistently saying that the transition should start as soon as possible and that a government should be established as soon as possible.

It adds that Mr. Brahimi hopes that the crisis in Syria can be solved in 2013 because it cannot wait until 2014.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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