CAIRO, Sept 9, 2012 (AFP) -
CAIRO, Sept 9, 2012 (AFP) –
UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Cairo on Sunday where he will hold talks with League officials ahead of an expected visit to Damascus, an airport official said.
Brahimi came from New York via Paris for what is his first visit to the region after taking up his appointment in early September as the peace envoy for Syria, replacing former UN chief Kofi Annan.
The veteran troubleshooter has said he was “scared” of the mission awaiting him in Syria, and has described the bloodshed there as “staggering” and the destruction as “catastrophic.”
Brahimi was appointed as the international envoy for Syria after Annan quit in frustration at divisions within the UN Security Council on the deadly violence that has gripped the country for nearly 18 months.
Annan stepped down as international efforts to end the conflict faltered, and with no signs of the bloodshed ending, there are low expectations that Algeria;s former foreign minister will have any more success than his predecessor.