“We understand his decision, we are very sorry,” commented Churkin after recalling that Annan’s mandate would end on August 31.
Previously, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon explained that Annan had decided not to renew his mission in Syria, where he is also a delegate of the Arab League.
Kofi Annan deserves admiration for the selfless way in which he has put his skills and prestige to the service of a difficult and unrewarding task, said Ban.
The UN General Assembly postponed until Friday, Aug. 3 the voting of a resolution on Syria presented by Arab countries, which are trying to blame the government of Bashar al-Assad for the violence prevailing in the country.
The voting had originally been set for today, but will now take place at 10:00 GMT tomorrow.
The document will be presented by Saudi Arabia, sponsored by several Middle East nations.
According to diplomatic sources, those countries have agreed to withdraw their request for Al-Assad to step down and their call to UN member countries to impose sanctions on Damascus.
(Taken from PL)