Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola in Nigeria: First death outside of Lagos

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Niger : Top Oppostion figure to be questioned in baby trafficking scandal

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Liberia: President dismisses top officials who ignored call back

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: WHO Says Cases Could Exceed 20,000 (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: WHO Says Cases Could Exceed 20,000

Read more

WEB NEWS

'Ice Bucket Challenge' angers anti-abortion activists

Read more

#TECH 24

Tomorrow's Transport Today

Read more

FOCUS

Mothers and children leaving Honduras at all costs

Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

  • Russian troops have entered Ukraine, says Kiev

    Read more

  • PSG face Barcelona, Ajax in tough Champions League draw

    Read more

  • In pictures: Billions of locusts invade Madagascan capital

    Read more

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say ‘I do’ in France

    Read more

  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey's president

    Read more

  • Assad cannot be partner in fight against terrorism, says Hollande

    Read more

  • New Ebola case in Nigeria brings death toll to 1,552

    Read more

  • Video: 'Neither Baghdad nor the US can defeat the Islamic State'

    Read more

  • Platini will not run against Blatter for FIFA presidency

    Read more

  • Air France pilots announce week-long strike in September

    Read more

  • New French economy minister takes swipe at 35-hour work week

    Read more

  • Uzi shooting by 9-year-old rekindles gun debate

    Read more

  • Mother of American journalist asks IS leader for his release

    Read more

  • UN probe accuses Syrian regime, Islamists of ‘crimes against humanity’

    Read more

  • Uruguayans sign up to grow marijuana at home

    Read more

  • Missouri governor appoints black public safety director

    Read more

Middle East

UN chief Ban Ki-moon appoints new Syria mediator

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-07-10

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Thursday that he had appointed veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura (pictured) to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as Syria’s new international mediator.

Brahimi resigned on May 31 after nearly two years of failed efforts to end Syria’s crisis. He followed in the footsteps of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who held the position before him.

De Mistura, a dual citizen of Italy and Sweden, has worked with the United Nations in Somalia, the Middle East, the Balkans, Nepal, Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 30 years.

He was most recently the UN envoy in Afghanistan in 2010-2011.

"The special envoy will provide good offices aimed at bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations and promoting a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis," Ban told reporters.

Ban also announced that Egyptian Ambassador Ramzi Ezzeddine Ramzi, who was recommended by the Arab League, will act as de Mistura’s deputy.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-07-10

  • SYRIA

    Exiled Syrian opposition elects new president

    Read more

  • SYRIA - IRAQ

    ISIS chief calls on world’s Muslims to move to ‘Caliphate’ in Iraq, Syria

    Read more

  • SYRIA - IRAQ

    Syrian branch of al Qaeda vows loyalty to Iraq's ISIS

    Read more

COMMENT(S)