World Bulletin / News Desk
Diplomatic attempts to end the Syrian conflict are "nearly impossible" and not enough is being done to end the fighting, the new U.N. and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said in a BBC interview broadcast on Monday.
"I know how difficult it is - how nearly impossible. I can't say impossible - nearly impossible," Brahimi, an Algerian diplomat, told the BBC. "And we are not doing much. That in itself is a terrible weight."
Brahimi replaced Kofi Annan as the United Nations and Arab League joint special representative on Syria at the end of August. Annan stepped down after blaming "finger-pointing and name-calling" at the U.N. Security Council for hampering efforts to find a breakthrough in the conflict.
Around 20,000 people have been killed during a 17-month uprising against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.
Brahimi said he was "scared of the weight of responsibility" on his shoulders and was aware that not enough is being done to end the violence through diplomacy.
"People are already saying 'People are dying and what are you doing?' And we are not doing much. That in itself is a terrible weight," he told the BBC in an interview conducted in English.
Brahimi said he felt like he was "standing in front of a brick wall", looking for cracks that may yield a solution.
"I'm coming into this job with my eyes open, and (with) no illusions," he said.
Forces loyal to Yemen’s president-in-exile say they have taken southern Lahij province from Houthis pro-Saleh forces
Waqf official, Palestinian guards, detained after settlers raise Israel flag in mosque compound
Independent oil producers operating in the region will be paid directly by KRG, ignoring agreement with Baghdad
The former Saudi soldier was given a jail sentence for joining ISIL as well as being fined for taking part in rifle training.
Loyalists recapture the al-Anad base after 24-hour battle
Lavrov says, 'it's counterproductive to announce publicly that US-trained armed groups will be under protection of coalition's air forces'
Report addresses killing of toddler burned to death in West Bank, foreign minister says
Democratic Union Party’s armed wing expels residents of town in Aleppo after wresting it from ISIL
Police says they ordered an investigation to 'examine offensive publications against the president on social media'
Palestinian NGO says, 930 Jewish settlers, 200 Israeli security personnel forced way into flashpoint site in July
Tension mounts in West Bank following last week’s murder of 18-month-old Palestinian boy by Jewish extremists
Gulf Arab leaders want Iran's nuclear deal to bring stability in the region
'Putin's current attitude toward Syria is more encouraging than before,' Erdogan said
Egypt has not had a parliament since the dissolution of its 2012 assembly. The signing of election law will now pave the way for holding parliamentary polls for the country.
'Egypt remains vital to engagement and stability in the region as a whole,' says Kerry