The comments came a day after President Barack Obama said the US would reconsider its opposition to military involvement in the Syrian civil war if Bashar Assad's government deploys or uses chemical or biological weapons, describing it as a 'red line' for the United States.
Lakhdar Brahimi brings a long record of working in the Arab and Islamic world. The former Algerien foreign minister has unified support of the Security Council, according to a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Brahimi is well-known for not taking orders from the big powers.
Conditions for possibly extending the United Nations' military observer mission – reduction of violence and no use of heavy weapons – had not been met, France's UN ambassador Gerard Araud announced. The current president of the Security Council said the mandate would end Sunday.