London, Sep 4.- The new UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, described his mission as nearly impossible, and expressed pessimism at the escalation of violence by an opposition backed by the United States and its allies. "I'm aware of how difficult it is. I cannot say impossible, but nearly impossible," said Brahimi, an ex Foreign Minister of Algeria who has also carried out UN duties in conflict areas, including Afghanistan.
Of excellent reputation within the UN and considered independent by big powers, his appointment is welcomed even by the Syrian government, according to BBC World website.
Brahimi witnessed the failure of his predecessor, ex UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who said that he did not know how to accomplish his mission and resigned amid a wave of terrorist attacks and the ensuing government response.
"I'm afraid to fail because it is a great responsibility. The people are dying and what are we doing? Not much, really. And this is in itself a tremendous burden, " Brahimi told BBC World. (Radio Cadena Agramonte).