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New UN envoy to Syria Brahimi urges Syrian gov't to change

09-02-2012 04:55 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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The new UN envoy to Syria says President Bashar Assad's government should realize that the need for change is both "urgent" and "necessary."

Lakhdar Brahimi made the remarks on Saturday in an interview with al-Arabiya television. He also told the Syrian government that it must respond to the "legitimate" demands of the Syrian people. Saturday was Brahimi’s first day as the new UN envoy in Syria.

Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister, replaced Kofi Annan who quit after his six-point plan - including an April 12 cease-fire - failed to stop the bloodshed. Brahimi will make his center of operations in New York. He said his first task will be to overcome the divisions in the UN Security Council and get it to speak "with a unified voice."


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