Ban Ki-moon uncertain of Lakhdar Brahimi's future as Special Envoy
Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:38AM
U-N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lacked clear answers on Wednesday as he took questions on the future of Lakhdar Brahimi as the U-N-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria. Brahimi is reported to have become frustrated with the Arab League's recognition of the Syrian opposition.U-N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lacked clear answers on Wednesday as he took questions on the future of Lakhdar Brahimi as the U-N-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria. Brahimi is reported to be frustrated with the Arab League's recognition of the Syrian opposition. Press TV U-N correspondent Hank Flynn is in New York with the story. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the UN press corps on Wednesday to address a variety of world issues -- but the first one to come up was Syria. On extensive rumors that UN / Arab League Joint Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi would step down -- Ban said he was meeting with him this afternoon but didn't want to comment further. Brahimi is reportedly trying to distance himself from the Arab League -- which recently seated representatives of the armed opposition in Syria's Arab League seat. Brahimi felt undermined by the move -- according to one report - which cites unnamed U-N diplomats -- who said that Brahimi would now prefer to only represent the U-N. Now Brahimi has said in the past that he's no quitter. That was months ago -- however -- before the Arab League's move to seat an opposition that remains politically scattered at best. Russian diplomats and others have speculated that if Brahimi quits -- it would be a grave setback to whatever remains of the Geneva-based peace process. Asked to be more definitive that Brahimi would stay in his post -- Ban's answer was confusing. He then added that he would get back to the reporter later. Brahimi will brief the U-N Security Council on Friday -- and Ban's spokesman has already informed Press TV that the session will be behind closed doors -- no press allowed. Brahimi is expected to meet the press after the briefing -- however -- when his intentions and plans for the future might be made clearer.