World Bulletin / News Desk
U.N.-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi will continue his bid to broker peace in war-torn Syria until at least the end of the year, the United Nations said on Thursday.
The veteran Algerian diplomat took up the role in September when he replaced former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Annan blamed a Security Council impasse for hampering his six-month bid to broker peace and leading to his decision to step down.
U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said on Thursday that Brahimi's contract had been extended until the end of the year, along with the contracts of his deputy, Nasser al-Kidwa, and the head of his Damascus office, Mokhtar Lamani.
After briefing the Security Council late last month, Brahimi played down rumors that he was planning to resign from the mediator job in frustration, though he added that it was not a job he had wanted.
"I'm not a quitter," he told reporters. "The United Nations has no choice but to remain engaged with this problem, whether I'm there or not. The moment I feel that I am totally useless I will not stay one minute more."Last Mod: 22 Şubat 2013, 09:45