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UN envoy Brahimi: Peace begins with Syrian people

08-20-2012 00:51 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The new UN special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, admits he faces a difficult job trying to broker peace in Syria, saying that no mediator will make peace without the efforts of the Syrian people.

Brahimi says, "Peace will be made by the Syrians. At the end of the day, it’s not the mediator and not the Security Council who will make peace, it is the Syrians. If the Syrians realise that they need to move away from confrontation towards a peaceful solution that will help too."

Brahimi said his first task is overcoming divisions within the Security Council that blocked the efforts of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He said getting the Security Council to speak with a unified voice is critical to his mission’s success.

When asked about the possibility of military intervention, Brahimi said that such a move would represent a failure of the peace process. The former Algerian foreign minister was named to replace Annan as peace envoy to Syria on Friday.

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