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10.08.2012 Africa

Brahimi to be new UN envoy to Syria: diplomats

By AFP
Former Algerian foreign minister Lakhdar Brahimi.  By Ashraf Shazly (AFP/File)
LISTEN AUG 10, 2012
Former Algerian foreign minister Lakhdar Brahimi. By Ashraf Shazly (AFP/File)

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Former Algerian foreign minister Lakhdar Brahimi is to be named as the new United Nations and Arab League peace envoy to Syria in place of Kofi Annan, diplomats said Thursday.

An official announcement of the appointment of the 78-year-old Brahimi is expected to be made early next week, diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because negotiations over the appointment are continuing.

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