Annan was named to the post on February 23
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan at his office at the United Nations in Geneva on July 20. Kofi Annan is quitting as UN-Arab League peace envoy for Syria, UN leader Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday, as the civil war spiralled further out of control. © Fabrice Coffrini - AFP
Annan was named to the post on February 23
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Last updated: August 2, 2012

Annan quits as Syria peace envoy

Kofi Annan is quitting as UN-Arab League envoy for Syria after battling to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to accept a peace plan, the UN said Thursday.

The UN and Arab League named Annan, a Nobel Peace prize winning former UN secretary general, as its envoy on the Syria conflict on February 23. Assad agreed a six-point peace plan with Annan but has never carried it out.

"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 in a statement.

"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," Ban added.

The statement added that Annan had said he would not renew his mandate when it expires on August 31. Ban said that he was in discussions with the Arab League on naming a successor.

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