September 29, 1994 |
When U.N. peacekeepers take over the Haiti mission from the United States in six months or so, the most powerful foreign official in Haiti will be an ascetic-looking, soft-spoken Algerian who has become Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali's favorite trouble-shooter. As Boutros-Ghali's new special representative for Haiti, 60-year-old Lakhdhar Brahimi has a title that sounds innocuous. But his is the single most important post in any U.N. peacekeeping mission.
October 10, 2012 |
The conflict in Syria was "extremely bad and getting worse. " That's what Lakhdar Brahimi, special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and the Arab League and one of the world's most skillful diplomats, told the Security Council in late September. The major powers listened but offered no new ideas on how to end the crisis. We need to change direction. Up to now, two strategies have been pursued. Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general and Brahimi's predecessor as special envoy, tried to negotiate a cease-fire and forge a consensus among the great and middle powers.
September 29, 2013 |
The conflict in Syria is destroying not only the lives of the Syrian people but their heritage - the world's heritage - as well. Syria is a treasure house of history. Damascus, Aleppo, Palmyra and almost 10,000 other archaeological sites there hold the remains of thousands of years of culture. Greeks, Romans, Persians, Christians and Muslims lived and fought in what is now Syria. As the U.N. special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, explained at a recent UNESCO meeting, "Few countries are as rich culturally, have had such a glorious past, are so important for what we are, all of us, for all the things that make, have made, human civilization.
October 10, 1998 |
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia on Friday rejected an invitation from a U.N. envoy to negotiate an end to its border standoff with neighboring Iran. U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi issued the offer in neighboring Pakistan in an attempt to ease tensions created by a massive troop deployment along the border that separates Iran and Afghanistan.
October 26, 2001 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell acknowledged Thursday that the United Nations is reluctant to take on peacekeeping duties in a post-Taliban Afghanistan, apparently ending U.S. hopes that such a force could eventually be deployed there. Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Powell said U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. special representative for Afghanistan, have expressed doubts about committing U.N.-sponsored troops to the country.
March 25, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- The United Nations said Monday that it is temporarily withdrawing some of its international staff from Syria because of deteriorating security conditions, especially in the capital, Damascus, where rebel mortar attacks have escalated in recent days. Central Damascus came under heavy mortar fire Sunday and some shells fell on the grounds of the hotel housing U.N. personnel, Martin Nesirky, a spokesman for the world body, told reporters in New York. The shells damaged several cars, including one U.N. vehicle, the spokesman said.