Brahimi to extend his peace mission in Syria: UN diplomat
The diplomat, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, made the remarks on Wednesday, AFP reported.
“Brahimi has agreed a six month extension… He clearly feels that there is some life in his mission,” the diplomat stated.
The envoy’s six-month contract with the United Nations and the Arab League is due to end on Friday.
The 78-year-old veteran Algerian diplomat was appointed as a replacement for Kofi Annan in August 2012.
On Sunday, Brahimi invited the Syrian government and the opposition to hold talks at the UN.
“We believe that if a dialogue begins at the offices of the United Nations, at least at the start, between the opposition and an acceptable delegation from the Syrian government, we think this will be a start to get out of the dark tunnel,” he said.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence, and several international human rights organizations say the foreign-sponsored militants have committed war crimes.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.
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