BREAKING: Kofi Annan says he is quitting as special envoy to Syria, effective Aug. 31. -EF
Annan quits as U.N.-Arab League Syria envoy
UNITED NATIONS: Kofi Annan is quitting as U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria after battling to persuade President Bashar Assad to accept a peace plan, the U.N. said Thursday.
U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon announced "with deep regret," that Annan had tendered his resignation, as the Syrian civil war spiraled further out of control.
The U.N. and Arab League named Annan, a Nobel Peace prize winning former U.N. secretary general, as its envoy on the Syria conflict on February 23. Assad agreed a six-point peace plan with Annan but has never carried it out.
"I wish to express my deepest gratitude to Mr Annan for the determined and courageous efforts he has made as the Joint Special Envoy for Syria," Ban said in a statement.