GENEVA, February 03. /ITAR-TASS/. United Nations and League of Arab States Deputy Joint Special Representative Nasser al-Kidwa resigned on Monday, February 3.
“Al-Kidwa has confirmed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon his intention to leave his current position, effective this week. He has indicated to the Secretary-General his willingness to serve the United Nations in other capacities, should the Secretary-General wish,” the UN said.
It did not specify the reason for al-Kidwa’s decision. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked al-Kidwa “for his service under both Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi and Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan in trying to end the bloodshed in Syria and move toward Syrian-led transition based on the 30 June 2012 Geneva communiqué.”
Last Friday, January 31, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, mediated the first round of inter-Syrian talks where Syrian government and opposition officials sat at the same table but talked through the UN-Arab League envoy.
The second round is scheduled for February 10.