9 August 2012, 09:43

Moratinos, Solana candidates to replace Annan

Moratinos, Solana candidates to replace Annan

Spain’s former Foreign Affairs minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos and ex-NATO chief Javier Solana are considered as the most likely candidates to replace Kofi Annan as the UN and the Arab League envoy to Syria, diplomatic sources for the organization said.

They denied reports that the Syrian mission could be led by Finland’s ex-president Martti Ahtisaari.

Kofi Annan, 74, whose mandate expires later this month, said that he would step down because he did not receive the support he had expected.

Russia`s envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said last week that his country expects a new envoy to Syria to adhere to Mr. Annan`s peace plan, which eyes the end of violence and free access of humanitarian organizations to Syria, as well as the start of peace talks between the conflicting sides.

TASS

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