European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton
European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, pictured in June 2012, called Thursday for a rapid appointment by the UN and the Arab League of a successor to Kofi Annan after he quit as Syria peace envoy. © Georges Gobet - AFP/File
European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton
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Last updated: August 2, 2012

EU urges speedy naming of new Syria envoy

European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called Thursday for a rapid appointment by the UN and the Arab League of a successor to Kofi Annan after he quit as Syria peace envoy.

Expressing her "deep regret" in a statement, the English baroness said the EU "calls for the early appointment of a successor to carry on Mr Annan's work towards a peaceful political transition in Syria."

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