New Syria mediator tells UN chief Ban he is 'scared'

By REUTERS
August 24, 2012 20:27

UNITED NATIONS - Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday that he was "honored, flattered, humbled and scared" at the prospect of leading international efforts to broker peace in Syria's worsening 17-month conflict.

Brahimi met with Ban for the first time since agreeing last week to replace Kofi Annan at the end of August as the United Nations and Arab League joint special representative on Syria.

"Secretary-General, when you called me I told you that I was honored, flattered, humbled and scared and I am still in that frame of mind," Brahimi told Ban, when the pair met in New York.

"The Syrian people, they will be our first masters. We will consider their interests above and before anyone else. We will try to help as much as we can, we will not spare any effort," he said. "Let's try and see what we can do."


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