Kofi Annan has stepped down

Annan looking unusually ruffled.

“International envoy Kofi Annan is stepping down, UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced today “with deep regret,” his April peace plan for Syria in tatters in the face of raging violence.

But he said the former UN chief would now step down at the end of the month and the search had begun for a successor.

“I wish to express my deepest gratitude to Mr Annan for the determined and courageous efforts he has made as the Joint Special Envoy for Syria,” Ban said.

“Kofi Annan deserves our profound admiration for the selfless way in which he has put his formidable skills and prestige to this most difficult and potentially thankless of assignments,” he added.


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