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UN Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi resigns as civil war rages on

Published on May 14, 2014 2:18 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Lakhdar Brahimi has resigned as the UN and Arab League mediator for Syria on Tuesday after international efforts to find a political solution to the three-year-old civil war failed.

"I thought we'd be able to deliver but because of divisions we have not been able to make any progress in the course of three years," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Ban and Brahimi appeared together to announce the resignation, which takes effect at the end of the month.

Ban said he had accepted the resignation "with great regret" and said a replacement for the Algerian diplomat and veteran peace negotiator had not yet been chosen.

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