Brahimi Quits Post

Haartetz — Brahimi quits post as UN envoy in Iraq

Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations special envoy to Iraq, announced his resignation from the post at a meeting yesterday of the Security Council and in the presence of Secretary General Kofi Annan.

The resignation, brewing for a number of days, shocked the diplomatic community at the world body.

Brahimi explained that his decision stemmed from great difficulties and frustration experienced during his assignment in Iraq. He said that he does not intend to return to Iraq.

The UN diplomat has still not delivered a letter of resignation but senior UN sources said the secretary general is already exploring possibilities for a replacement.


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  1. Steven says:

    He is on CNN’s Late Edition right now and on the screen he is billed as “UN Special Envoy to Iraq”–however, I missed the intro, so it may be that he has resigned, but that it has not taken effect as yet.

  2. Steven says:

    There was some discussion as he left about future plans, however.

  3. I’m guessing he’s pissed at not getting his share of the oil-for-food bribe money.