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Dim hope of success for Syria peace envoy: Analysts

Published on Sep 8, 2012 12:51 PM

DUBAI (AFP) - Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi faces the arduous task of seeking an end to a bloody conflict that has dim hopes of a peaceful outcome, as world powers remain divided over a solution, analysts say.

"Mr Brahimi's mission, by his own account, has little chance of success," said Middle East writer and researcher Neil Partrick.

Fellow analyst Ziad Majed agreed that the seasoned diplomat, who took over the complicated Syrian role after Mr Kofi Annan quit in August, "has little hope of success despite his long experience" tackling thorny crises.

Mr Brahimi, a veteran trouble-shooter and former Algerian foreign minister, took up faltering international attempts to end the bloodshed in Syria on Sept 1, becoming the second United Nations (UN)-Arab League envoy tasked with the mission.

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