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Brahimi resignation chance to strengthen UN

The resignation of Lakhdar Brahimi as UN special envoy to the Syria conflict should prompt re-examination of the UN system and the responsibility of government to protect.
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan (L) speaks to the media
with Lakhdar Brahimi (R), Special Representative of the Secretary
General for Afghanistan, as United States Secretary GEneral Colin
Powell looks on (Back R) folowing a high level "Six plus Two" meeting
at United Nations headquarters in New York, November 12, 2001. The
meeting was held between Foreign Ministers of the six countries
bordering Afghanistan as well as the United States and Russia to
discuss the current conflict in the region. RE

Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi, two highly distinguished representatives of the United Nations, both resigned as the special envoy seeking to resolve the crisis in Syria. While this is a serious disappointment for the international community in general, it brings to the forefront not only the complexity of that particular conflict, but also reflects how the privilege of the veto exercised by permanent members of the Security Council can undermine its peace-making role.

The May 13 resignation of Brahimi, a seasoned diplomat and a renowned statesman, should encourage a serious reexamination of the role of the United Nations in bringing about reconciliation when civil wars are enabled to self-perpetuate with immense and disastrous loss of life, especially among civilian populations, generally and women and children.

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