NEW YORK, May 13, 2014 - Lakhdar Brahimi (R), UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, speaks as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looks on during a press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York, on May 13, 2014. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday announced that he accepted the request of Lakhdar Brahimi to step down as the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, adding that the resignation will be effective on May 31.

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Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, speaks to media reporters after briefing the Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, on May 13, 2014. Lakhdar Brahimi, who will step down on May 31 as the international mediator for Syria said here Tuesday that he was sorry for the failure to broker an end to the Syrian crisis, but he believed the Geneva Communique "will continue to be the centrepiece" in the efforts to bring peace and stability to the war-torn country.

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