Middle East

Damascus voices regret over news of Annan’s resignation: Syria TV

This picture from United Nations TV service show UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Kofi Annan during a press conference on August 2, 2012 at the United Nations office in Geneva. AFP PHOTO /UNTV

BEIRUT: Damascus voiced Thursday its regrets over the recent announcement of the resignation of U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan, Syrian media reported.

“Syria regrets the news of the resignation of U.N. Special Envoy Kofi Annan and that we will not be extending his mandate,” Syria’s Foreign Ministry said, according to pro-government Al-Ikhbariya TV.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon announced Annan’s resignation earlier Thursday.

"Kofi Annan deserves our profound admiration for the selfless way in which he has put his formidable skills and prestige to this most difficult and potentially thankless of assignments," Ban said.

Ban said Annan would carry on in his post until the end of the month.

Talks are under way to find a successor.





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