Middle East

Syria says U.N. envoy 'exceeded authority' in vote plan criticism

A handout picture on May 5, 2013, shows Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi giving a press conference in Damascus. AFP PHOTO / SANA

DAMASCUS: The Syrian government said Friday that the UN-Arab League envoy had overstepped his role as a mediator by criticizing plans to hold a presidential election amid the civil war.

"The comments of Lakhdar Brahimi about the presidential election do not fall within the framework of his mission," state television quoted Information Minister Omran Zohbi as saying.

"Brahimi must respect his role as mediator, and be honest and impartial. His comments exceeded his authority," Zohbi said.





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