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Syria mediator is determined to resign, UN diplomats say

UNITED NATIONS- International Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi is determined to resign because he is fed up with the deadlock over how to end the country's two-year civil war and believes his role has been compromised, UN diplomats said on Wednesday.
Brahimi was persuaded to hang on for a "few more days" at least before quitting his joint UN and Arab League role and possibly being reappointed as an adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Syria, a senior UN diplomat said.Brahimi, appointed last year after former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan resigned as Syria mediator, wants to distance himself from the Arab League, envoys said, because of its decision last month to recognize Syria's opposition. Brahimi felt the move undermined his neutrality.
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