Annan, Ahtisaari top contenders to be UN Syria envoy
"There are two names at this point, Annan and Ahtisaari," the diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
He added that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hoped to make an announcement about the joint UN-Arab League envoy to Syria as early as today.
More than 70 nations and international groups are due to meet today in Tunis as the "Friends of Syria" to discuss the next steps in the conflict.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution last week asking Ban to appoint a special envoy to support the Arab League peace plan for Syria and condemning the violent crackdown mounted by President Bashar al-Assad.
Annan served as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, while Ahtisaari, Finland's president from 1994 to 2000, also served as a UN special envoy for Kosovo. Both men are Nobel Peace laureates.
Ban said on Tuesday the new envoy would initially have a humanitarian role but would also seek a political solution for the violence-torn country. — Reuters