"Spain’s former Foreign Affairs minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos and ex-NATO chief Javier Solana are considered as the most likely candidates to replace Kofi Annan as the UN and the Arab League envoy to Syria, diplomatic sources for the organization said.
They denied reports that the Syrian mission could be led by Finland’s ex-president Martti Ahtisaari.
Kofi Annan, 74, whose mandate expires later this month, said that he would step down because he did not receive the support he had expected.
Russia`s envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said last week that his country expects a new envoy to Syria to adhere to Mr. Annan`s peace plan, which eyes the end of violence and free access of humanitarian organizations to Syria, as well as the start of peace talks between the conflicting sides".
U.N. officials say that Annan's replacement must be someone of similar stature. Among the names circulating at the United Nations as possible replacements for Annan, envoys told Reuters, are two Spaniards - former Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos and former EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.
Envoys spoke of possible Malaysian and Nordic candidates as well. Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari's name has also come up, though one diplomat told Reuters that the Finn, who was the other candidate when Ban selected Annan at the beginning of this year, was not among the main candidates.
Richard Gowan of New York University made clear that the U.N. had a role to play in improving the plight of civilians.
"I doubt that any U.N. envoy can really prevent the current conflict getting worse, although the U.N. has an absolute obligation to keep up efforts to get humanitarian aid into the country alongside the Red Cross and Red Crescent," he said.France said the Security Council would hold a meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria on August 30." LINK