Last updated: 2 August, 2012

EU urges speedy naming of new Syria envoy

European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called Thursday for a rapid appointment by the UN and the Arab League of a successor to Kofi Annan after he quit as Syria peace envoy.

Expressing her “deep regret” in a statement, the English baroness said the EU “calls for the early appointment of a successor to carry on Mr Annan’s work towards a peaceful political transition in Syria.”