Kofi Annan named Syria special envoy by UN and Arab League
The United Nations and the Arab League on Thursday named former UN general secretary Kofi Annan special envoy for the crisis in Syria, dpa reported.
The news came in a statement from current UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.
The Syrian government has continued its crackdown despite sanctions and the UN General Assembly this month calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down and demanding an end to the violence.
Among those most at risk in embattled Syria are a rising number of children.
"More and more children are being killed or injured," UNICEF said Thursday.