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Nobel Peace laureate Lakhdar Brahimi set to become next Syrian mediator

The U.N. has named former Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as the new mediator for Syria. Brahimi’s official title will be Joint Special Representative for Syria.

Brahimi will step into the shoes of former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, who resigned from his post as the Syria Envoy last week.

Annan cited a divided Security Council as part of the reason why his peace plan for Syria did not work. Annan will serve until the end of August, at which time Brahimi will take over.

According to a Reuters article, this post has been deemed “impossible” by French envoy Gerard Araud, which perhaps explains why Brahimi hesitated for days before accepting the post. Brahimi, a Nobel Peace laureate, has years of experience facilitating peace in conflicted states.

The same article quotes Brahimi’s interview with France 24 television. Brahimi said, “They are asking me to do this job. If they don’t support me, there is no job. They are divided, but surely they can unite on something like this and I hope they will.”

Al Jazeera reports that Brahimi is confident that diplomacy will be able to ameliorate the situation in some, if small, way.