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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.45 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-08-13

Kofi Annan resigns from mission to save Syria

Kofi Annan, the man the UN and Arab League hoped would find a solution to the Syrian crisis, has admittted defeat. In his capacity as Special Envoy to Syria, the Ghanaian diplomat and former UN Secretary General had proposed a "six point plan" to bring about a ceasefire between the Damascus regime and Syrian rebels. It had little impact; now Annan says the international community, particularly the UN Security Council, needs to unite to tackle the situation - and the rest of the UN agrees.

By Christophe DANSETTE , Kate WILLIAMS

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