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Kofi Annan says he is quitting as special envoy to Syria, effective Aug. 31

FILE - In this Saturday, June 30, 2012 file photo, Kofi Annan, Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria speaks during a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. On Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, Annan said he is quitting as special envoy to Syria, effective Aug. 31. (AP Photo/Martial Trezzini, Keystone, File)
August 02, 2012 - 11:16 AM

GENEVA - Kofi Annan has submitted his resignation as special envoy to Syria, saying he plans to step down effective Aug. 31.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement Thursday he accepted the resignation with "deep regret."

Annan called a last-minute press conference in Geneva to speak to reporters Thursday afternoon.

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