As UN Envoy Quits, France Says Assad Using Chemicals
Regime has continued using chemical weapons: French diplomat
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 14, 2014 8:30 AM CDT
Lakhdar Brahimi, UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, speaks during a news conference after closed meetings in the UN Security Council, Tuesday, May 13, 2014.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – First it was Kofi Annan; now his successor, Lakhdar Brahimi, is also stepping down as the UN and Arab League's special envoy to Syria. "He has faced almost impossible odds, with a Syrian nation, Middle Eastern region, and wider international community that have been hopelessly divided in their approaches to ending the conflict," UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon says, citing "a failure of all of us," the AP reports. For his part, Brahimi offered "apologies," saying it was sad that he was leaving "Syria behind in such a bad state." It's not known who will take over for him, the New York Times reports.

Meanwhile, France's foreign minister says chemical weapon use hasn't stopped in the country despite a treaty against it. The Assad regime appears to have used chemical weapons 14 times since the agreement, Laurent Fabius says, pointing to "credible witnesses." A Human Rights Watch report today lends support to his assertion, al Jazeera adds. Fabius said France had been ready to support a possible US-led strike in Syria last year, and it was unfortunate that it hadn't been carried out, the New York Times reports. "We feel that it would have changed many things," he said in Washington.

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May 14, 2014 1:35 PM CDT
Syria can be stopped using Chemicals to attack it's dissidents by the US threatening & then putting into place a NO FLY BAN. That may likely cause Russia to think twice about allowing Assad free reign to use Chemical weapons, it would also make the Iranians think twice relative to American actions if Iran insists on maintaining threats against the US. But to be honest Obma being the bungler he is with regards to his RED LINES speeches (Which were merely pointless rhetoric) will at best do nothing (He is good at that). Obama cannot actively support the A.Q. groups that are the main force attempting to take over Syria.
May 14, 2014 1:06 PM CDT
I thought Obama was getting rid of there chemical weapons, after he backed off from attacking them. Assad and Putin must be laughing like crazy right now.
May 14, 2014 10:55 AM CDT
Our Founding Fathers warned about foreign entanglements as did G. Washington. Not heeding this advice has made our country one of the most aggressive/reactive countries in history. On the news today, Sen McCain wants "Boots on the ground" in Nigeria to locate and rescue the kidnapped girls. I guess we'll never learn. Old men sending young patriots to an early grave.