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    New UN envoy Brahimi says change in Syria "unavoidable"

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Lakhdar Brahimi, who has succeeded Kofi Annan's role as a special envoy to Syria, told Al Jazeera that "change [in Syria] is necessary, indispensable, unavoidable".

    Brahimi, as joint United Nations-Arab League envoy, is tasked with mediating a seemingly intractable conflict between President Bashar al-Assad's increasingly embattled government and rebels who say they will not lay down their arms until he is dead or gone.

    Brahimi, a longtime UN diplomat and former foreign minister of Algeria, stopped short of calling for Assad to step down.

    "Kofi talked to him, and I will talk to him," he said.