Veteran diplomat Brahimi to replace Kofi Annan as UN special representative for Syria, UN Observers end their mission in Syria; UNSC condemns terrorist attacks in Afghanistan; UNSC condemns attack on UN peacekeeper in Darfur
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  • Reports noted that veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi was appointed as the new Joint Special Representative of the UN and League of Arab States for the crisis in Syria after Kofi Annan resigned from the post. With the end of Annan’s mandate on August 31, 2012, Brahimi will take over. 1 Meanwhile, UN observers ended their mission in Syria. 2

    Meanwhile, the UN Security Council condemned the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan on 14th and 15th of August which caused numerous deaths and injuries, mostly to civilians. The Council also expressed serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, al-Qaida and illegal armed groups to the local population, national security forces, international military and international assistance efforts in Afghanistan. The Council also reaffirmed the international strategy for Afghanistan’s recovery from conflict towards a stable democracy. 3

    In other developments, the attack that killed a UN peacekeeper from Bangladesh and injured another in South Darfur was strongly condemned by the UN Security Council. The Council also expressed condolences to the peacekeeper’s family as well as to the government of Bangladesh and called on the government of Sudan to swiftly investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. 4