People walk on rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists say was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at al-Musayfra in Daraa province May 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamed Fares)
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Lakhdar Brahimi resigned Tuesday as the joint U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria after trying for nearly two years to overcome "almost impossible odds" to end a civil war that has claimed more than 150,000 lives, the U.N. chief announced Tuesday.With Brahimi at his side, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed the failure of peace efforts on the warring parties, but especially the Syrian government. Ban pledged to keep working to achieve peace and urged all involved to rethink what they could do to bring hope to the Syrian people.Ban said Brahimi would step down on May 31 . Brahimi is the second U.N.-Arab envoy to quit after failing to achieve a breakthrough in the more than 3-year-old conflict between the regime of President Bashar Assad and rebels.The Geneva talks were intended to lead to a transitional government, and with new elections on the horizon both Brahimi and Ban have indicated it would be impossible to get the opposition to new negotiations.
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