Annan quit after becoming frustrated with the UN’s lack of progress with regards to conflict resolution, stating that “when the Syrian people desperately need action, there continues to be finger-pointing and name-calling in the Security Council.”
Annan asked that his mandate not be renewed when it expires on August 31.
The former UN secretary general said it had been a “sacred duty” to take up the position five months ago to try to find a solution to the conflict. But growing militarisation and a lack of unity among world powers had changed the circumstances.
He served from February 23 until August 2, 2012 as the UN – Arab League envoy to Syria, to help find a resolution to ongoing conflict there.
Ban ki-Moon, the current UN chief, said he would appoint another envoy when Annan leaves at the end of August. The White House said his resignation showed the failure of Russia and China to act at the UN security council. “President Assad, despite his promise to abide by the Kofi Annan plan, continues to brutally murder his own people,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One.