UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI - Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is not
prepared to persist with the same "failed approach" on Syria as Kofi Annan, said
a source close to the situation on Wednesday, and he is still considering
whether to take on what France dubbed an "impossible mission." Brahimi has been
asked by the United Nations and the Arab League to replace Annan as their
mediator on Syria at the end of the month, but diplomats say Brahimi has
reservations and wants "strong support" from a deadlocked UN Security
"It's an ... impossible mission, so I do understand that people
hesitate to take this (on)," French UN Ambassador Gerard Araud, who is the
Security Council president for the month of August, told reporters.
said he was stepping down after six months in the job because he was hampered by
the Security Council's hopelessly divided veto powers. Russia and China have
vetoed three western-backed resolutions criticizing and threatening sanctions
against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.