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News Analysis: Brahimi's resignation mirrors frustration over political end to Syria crisis

English.news.cn   2014-05-14 05:54:34

DAMASCUS, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The resignation of UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, though expected, reflects the difficulties facing the political solution in Syria, local experts said on Tuesday.

"This resignation was expected because there is an intractability in the political solution to the Syrian crisis," Hasan Abdul-Azim, head of the oppositional National Coordination Body, told Xinhua on Tuesday, following the UN announcement of Brahimi's resignation.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced that he accepted Lakhdar Brahimi's request to step down as the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, adding that the resignation will be effective on May 31.

Abdul-Azim attributed the resignation to the world powers' " lack of seriousness" in finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis, the failure of the first two rounds of the Geneva II conference, and the international community's new focus on the Ukrainian crisis.

"All of these factors have led to the frustration of Brahimi and pushed him to resign after losing hope of the success of his mission," he said.

A former Algerian foreign minister and veteran UN official, Brahimi was the second to have been appointed by the UN chief in August 2012 as the joint international envoy for Syria, following the resignation of Kofi Annan who had also left his post after failing to make progress in the course of the political solution in Syria.

"The escalation is still present; the regime is still betting on its victories on ground and the announcement of the presidential elections while the exiled opposition is still betting on the foreign support to topple the Syrian administration by force," Abdul-Azim said.

"Both parties of the conflict are still battling over power at the expense of the Syrian people," he remarked.

Meanwhile, Maher Morhej, head of the Youth Party, told Xinhua that "the resignation of Brahimi was expected but it reflected the international community's frustration over the Syrian crisis and it has given the regime a message that ending the Syrian crisis would not happen anytime soon."

"As an opposition party, we believe that the political solution should emanate from inside Syria, not from the outside. However, the regime and the exiled opposition have placed their bet on the political solution under the mediation of the world powers. I hope that this resignation could push the Syrian warring parties to reconsider a domestic political solution," Morhej said.

But Omar Ossi, a Syrian lawmaker, said he was "so relieved" by Brahimi's resignation, saying "he was the West's man and he wasn't neutral in his approaches regarding finding a solution to Syria's crisis."

Ossi further contended that Brahimi's statements aimed at hindering the process of finding a political solution in Syria.

"I think the West would start searching for a character that could accomplish things that Brahimi couldn't achieve in the previous stage," he said, charging that "the West doesn't care about finding a political process in Syria, but to impose their will on Syria."

The Syrian government has long accused Brahimi of being biased in his mission in Syria. In March Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari, accused Brahimi of ignoring the presence of "terrorism" in Syria.

The government's dismay with Brahimi grew more evident when he criticized the authorities' bid to hold presidential elections, saying such an election could doom the Geneva II peace talks that meant to end the three-year-old crisis.

"If there is an election, then my suspicion is that the opposition ... will probably not be interested in talking to the government," Brahimi said in March.

Syria's Information Minister Omran al-Zourbi said that "Brahimi, by his talk, has overstepped his missions and powers."

Observers believe that one of the main reasons behind Brahimi's resignation is the Syrian government's decision to hold the June 3 presidential elections, in which incumbent President Bashar al- Assad is highly expected to with a third seven-year term in office. The opposition has dismissed the vote as "farce" and boycotted it.

Editor: yan
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