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Syria daily slams peace envoy Brahimi

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Syrian ruling party mouthpiece Al-Baath daily lashed out at UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Monday, accusing him of "not listening to the Syrian people" and suggesting he may resign soon.

The newspaper questioned ongoing support for Brahimi's mission "while discussions over plans for a no-fly zone (in Syria) are being carried out behind the scenes at the UN with the participation of Western countries."

"Why should we support Brahimi while the UN and Arab League continue to try and impose one group (the opposition) on the Syrian people?", Al-Baath said.

It accused Brahimi of "not listening directly to the Syrian people's (demands), while providing biased reports to the UN Security Council, which has repeatedly failed to denounce terrorist operations targeting the Syrian people."

"Where is Brahimi now? And are (reports) that he may resign soon accurate?" the article in Al-Baath asked.

In September 2012, Brahimi took over from former UN secretary general Kofi Annan in a bid to help Syria find a political solution to the conflict which the UN says has killed more than 70,000 people since March 2011.

Syria's government has repeatedly criticised Brahimi over his attempts to reach a solution.

His efforts at mediation seem to have made no progress seven months into his mission, and rumours over his possible resignation have been on the rise.

Brahimi met Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday and will travel to New York to discuss the Syrian conflict with Security Council members, the Egyptian presidency said.

During his meeting with Morsi, Brahimi said "serious talks" between Syria's regime and its opposition should start immediately, it added.

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