Envoy for Syria urges action by Security Council to end Syria crisis

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Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The Security Council must act and parties to the conflict in Syria must accept that negotiations are necessary in order to end the crisis in Syria.

That's what Lakhdar Brahimi, the Joint Arab League-United Nations Special Representative for Syria, told reporters after briefing the Security Council behind closed doors on Friday.

Mr. Brahimi said a plan for resolving the crisis in Syria must come from Syrians themselves and he has been trying to facilitate this.

"The situation is extremely bad and we need action from the Council. Last time, at the end of January I made some very precise suggestions to the Council. I have repeated them this time and I have also indicated that the opposition and the government have got to accept to come to the negotiations and both sides have got to accept that these negotiations are necessary."

Mr. Brahimi was asked about reports of his impending resignation as the special envoy.

"Every day I wake up I think I should resign but I haven't so far. One day, perhaps I will resign and you are sure you will find out."

Mr. Brahimi stressed that there is no time to lose for the Security Council to end the crisis in Syria.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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