Fri, August 17, 2012
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Syria mediator Brahimi needs UN Security Council unity: Turkish FM

2012-08-17 21:29:49 GMT2012-08-18 05:29:49(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ANKARA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Lakhdar Brahimi, a veteran Algerian diplomat, will need consensus in the UN Security Council if he is to succeed in his mission, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday.

The United Nations earlier confirmed that Brahimi would replace former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the international mediator on Syria as the 17-month-old conflict slides deeper into civil war.

"Brahimi's appointment is significant but the UN Security Council needs to back him up in unity ...," Ahmet Davutoglu told a joint news conference with visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in the Turkish capital of 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," Davutoglu said.

Brahimi, 78, was Algeria's foreign minister from 1991 to 1993, and in 1994 he joined the United Nations, where he served in a variety of high-profile posts until he retired in 2005.

For his part, Fabius echoed Davutoglu's comments, saying, "We have to work on a new structure to replace (President Bashar al- Assad's) regime, and this transformation needs to happen under control."

"We don't want chaos after Assad and this requires cooperation from all parties involved," he said.

Fabius earlier Friday visited a refugee camp in south Turkey's Kilis province hosting Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country and listened to their problems.

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