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Kofi Annan quits: Queen's University expert

2012-08-15

Queen’s University Middle East expert Houchang Hassan-Yari is available to talk about today’s news that Kofi Annan will be stepping down as the United Nations-Arab League special envoy.

Mr. Annan, a former UN Secretary General and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner, negotiated a six-point peace deal with the Assad regime to try to stop the civil war in Syria, but the plan failed and the violence continues.

Dr. Hassan-Yari (who speaks French and English) finds the news of Mr. Annan’s resignation sad, but not unexpected.

“When Kofi Anna was appointed to the position, I didn’t think he was going to be successful. The Assad regime wasn’t going to back down. His six-point peace plan was dead on arrival. With the United Nation’s unlikely to get involve because of opposition from Russia and China, the destiny of Syria is now in the hands of Syrians. They are the ones who have to decide what to do,” said Dr. Hassan-Yari.

Please note that Dr. Hassan likes to be identified in the media as a professor from Queen’s University and Royal Military College.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or Anne.Craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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