UN-Arab League envoy for Syria steps down

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Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses a joint press conference with Lakhdar Brahimi. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The United Nations-Arab League Envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has stepped down.

The announcement was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reporters on Tuesday with Mr. Brahimi at his side.

Since August 2012 Mr. Brahimi has been trying to help the Syrian government and opposition to find a political solution to ongoing civil war in the country.

Secretary-General Ban said it was with great regret that he had decided to accept the request of Mr Brahimi to relinquish his duties.

"He has faced almost impossible odds, with a Syrian nation, Middle Eastern region and wider international community that have been hopelessly divided in their approaches to ending the conflict. He has persevered, with great patience and skill, because he knows that without efforts towards a new Syria, the Syrian people will be condemned to further suffering."

More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict that has entered its fourth year with no end in sight.

Millions of others have been displaced within the country, forced to live under siege conditions or to flee and live as refugees in neighbouring countries.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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