U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially named veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura to be the new U.N. point man on Syria, with a mandate to try to end the conflict now in its fourth year.
Ban told reporters Thursday that de Mistura will replace Lakhdar Brahimi. But unlike Brahimi, de Mistura will not be the joint envoy of the U.N. and the Arab League.
He announced that Egyptian Ambassador Ramzi Ezzeddine Ramzi, who was recommended by the Arab League, will be de Mistura's deputy.
Brahimi resigned May 31 after nearly two years of failed efforts to end Syria's worsening civil war. He followed in the footsteps of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who resigned after failing to broker a cease-fire as the country descended into war.