BAGHDAD, The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council that he intends to appoint Norwegian diplomat Guer Pederson as successor to the UN special envoy to Syria, Steffan de Mistura, from December 1.
"By making this decision, I have consulted widely, including with the government of the Syrian Arab Republic," he said, adding that Mr. Pedersen will support the Syrian parties by facilitating a comprehensive and credible political solution that meets the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people .
Pederson will replace De Mistura, who will step down for family reasons at the end of November.
"Pedersen has received the informal approval of the five permanent members of the council - Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain," Reuters quoted diplomatic sources as saying.
United Nations efforts are focused on trying to form a committee to rewrite Syria's constitution.
De Mistura told the Security Council on Friday that Syria wanted the United Nations to simply facilitate efforts to rewrite the constitution and not choose one-third of the committee to do so, posing a "serious challenge".
In 2005, Pedersen served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Lebanon, before representing Norway as a Permanent Representative of the United Nations, currently Ambassador to China.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency