Turkey welcomes Brahimi as Annan successor, vows cooperation

August 19, 2012, Sunday/ 11:58:00/ TODAYSZAMAN.COM

Turkey has said that it welcomes the appointment of Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi to replace Kofi Annan as UN's new peace envoy to Syria, stressing that it is ready to cooperate with him for an end to the ongoing Syrian crisis.

“We welcome the appointment of Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi as the new UN-Arab League joint special envoy to Syria,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Stating that Turkey believes that Brahimi will contribute a lot to a peaceful and democratic political transition in Syria in accordance with the Syrian people's “legitimate demands” with his experience in international relations, the statement wished success for the diplomat in his new mission. “In this regard, Turkey is ready for full cooperation with Lakhdar Brahimi as it was with his successor Kofi Annan,” the statement said.


“It is crucial for UN with its all bodies – first and foremost the UN Security Council – to provide necessary support for Brahimi in order for him to achieve this difficult task. Brahimi needs a new and up-to-date directive to help Syria move towards a brighter future,” the ministry added.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also on Friday welcomed the United Nations' appointment of Brahimi as the new international mediator on Syria but said he would need consensus in the UN Security Council if his mission was to succeed.  

Brahimi, who served as a UN envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq, formally accepted the post and will resume efforts to find a diplomatic solution to Syria's crisis, a top UN official said on Friday.

"Brahimi's appointment is significant but the UN Security Council needs to back him up in unity ...," he told a news conference in Ankara.  

"If we don't want his mission to be unsuccessful like Annan's, we should form a consensus at the Security Council and not allow any delaying tactics," Davutoğlu said.

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