Thursday, August 02, 2012

Maybe He Knows Something We Don't: Kofi Annan to Step Down as Syria Mediator

Unexpectedly, announces Le Monde, Kofi Annan will not renew his mandate as Syria mediator for the United Nations and the Arab League, and will accordingly step down on August 31. The UN is looking for someone to replace the former secretary general, says his successor to that post, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon (see Reuters news item in English, merci au Drudge report)…

In an interview with Le Monde's Natalie Nougayrède three weeks ago, Kofi Annan said that "on the Syrian case, obviously, we were unsuccesful."