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Brahimi sees no quick end to Syria war

Lakhdar Brahimi, joint special representative for Syria, arrives at closed door consultations regarding the situation in Syria at the Security Council at United Nations headquarters Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. -AP Photo

UNITED NATIONS: UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Monday he sees no immediate prospect for an end to the Syrian civil war.

“There is no prospect for today or tomorrow to move forward,” Brahimi told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council on his recent talks with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Brahimi said he had told Assad and others in Syria that there had to be “change” but acknowledged that for the moment there was a “stalemate” and he had no full peace plan to offer.

“There is no disagreement anywhere that the situation in Syria is extremely bad and getting worse, that it is a threat to the region and a threat to peace and security in the world,” Brahimi said.

The envoy, who took over from Kofi Annan as international envoy on September 1, also appealed to the divided 15-nation Security Council for united backing for his efforts.

“If I do not represent the entire council then I am nothing,” Brahimi said.


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