U.N., Arab League Pledge 'Total Support' to Syria Envoy
[An Nahar] The U.N. and Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
chiefs on Wednesday pledged "total support" to beleaguered Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi as he struggles to launch political talks to try to end the country's civil war.

Brahimi has been criticized by Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Scourge of Qusayr...
government and so far has failed to bring key players Russia and the United States in line behind a transition plan that could end the 22-month-old conflict.

Some diplomats and analysts have speculated that Brahimi, whose six-month mandate comes up for renewal in February, could be considering his future.

Brahimi, U.N. secretary general the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
and his Arab League counterpart Nabil al-Arabi spoke by telephone on Wednesday about the civil war, which the United Nations
...When talk is your weapon it's hard to make yourself heard over the artillery...
says has left more than 60,000 dead.

The three held "an in-depth discussion on the deteriorating crisis in Syria," said U.N. deputy front man Eduardo del Buey.

Posted by: Fred 2013-01-24