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Annan quits as envoy to Syria


08:17, August 03, 2012

GENEVA, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The UN-Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan on Thursday said he was disappointed over the lack of progress in the Syrian peace process and that he would step down after his current mandate expires on Aug. 31.

At a press conference held in Geneva, Annan, who took the job as Special Envoy for Syria about five months ago, said he had informed the UN and the Arab League earlier in the day his intention to not to continue for a second term.

Annan said without united international pressure, it is impossible for him and anyone else to compel the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition to take the steps necessary to begin the political process.

"The increasing militarization on the ground and the clear lack of unity in the Security Council have fundamentally changed the circumstances for the effective exercise of my role," Annan said, adding that he was frustrated at the "figure-pointing" and "name-calling" in the Security Council.

Annan also blamed the Syrian government for its "continued refusal" of the six-point peace plan and held the oppositions responsible for the escalation of military campaign.

"As an envoy, I can't want peace more than the protagonists, more than the Security Council, more than the international community for that matter," he said.
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