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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

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