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Annan quits as UN envoy for Syria

The United Nations and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has resigned from his post as international envoy for Syria after trying in vain for six months to broker peace and bring the country's warring parties to the table.

Annan's resignation was announced by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, who expressed 'deep regret' on Annan's decision to step down as the international envoy. 'Annan has informed me, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil El Araby, of his intention not to renew his mandate when it expires on August 31, 2012,' Ban said in a statement here.

Ban said he is consulting with El-Araby to appoint a successor to Annan who can 'carry on this crucial peacemaking effort'. Ban expressed his deepest gratitude to Annan for the 'determined and courageous efforts' he made as the Syrian joint special envoy.
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