Mokhtar Lamani: Ending the Chaos in Syria

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Meet the Canadian who's taking on what may be the toughest job in diplomacy. Mokhtar Lamani is heading to Damascus to see what can be done to stop the chaos.


Mokhtar Lamani: Ending the Chaos in Syria

Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi knows the case for doing something -- anything -- to stop the bloodshed in Syria is obvious. But it's defeated every effort so far. Last month, the challenge was too great for former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, He resigned as the U.N. and Arab League's joint representative to Syria. Annan called the task "mission impossible".

Now, Lakhdar Brahimi takes Annan's place. The man Brahimi has tapped to run his office in Damascus is Mokhtar Lamani, a Canadian with a wealth of diplomatic experience. Mokhtar Lamani is the newly appointed head of the office of the U.N. and Arab League's joint representative on Syria. He lives in Montreal and is preparing to leave for Damascus.

This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott.

Live Inside Syria Promo - Nelofer Pazira

And coming up next week on The Current... a rare glimpse inside Syria through the eyes of Afghan-Canadian journalist, Nelofer Pazira. Nelofer is one of the few foreign journalists able to get inside to speak to civilians caught between government and opposition forces.

One of the families she met lives next to a government checkpoint in the town of Deraya - the site of a massacre that took place two weeks ago - that has been called one of the worst atrocities of the civil war.

Nelofer spoke with a man whose parents - a farmer and his wife - had to risk leaving the house to find food.

We talk about life inside Syria with Nelofer Pazira - next week on The Current.


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