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Brahimi takes over bid to end Syria war from Annan

A SNOWBALL IN HELL:As the former Algerian foreign minister takes over as UN special envoy to Syria, he is seen as having even less chance of success than Annan

AFP, UNITED NATIONS

“Brahimi’s best opportunity to mediate will come if and when the military situation gets decisively worse for Assad,” he added. “That could persuade Russia and China to take a more flexible approach at the UN.”

“The impression is that both sides are for the moment determined to fight until the end,” French UN envoy Gerard Araud said. “So a political process is possible only when one or both parties decide that it is necessary to find a political process. For the moment, to be frank, there is no signal of that.”

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