, BBC News
and the Washington Times
state that Mr. Brahimi was formerly Algeria's foreign minister. The 78-year-old has been a UN diplomat whose career history in the United Nations notably in South Africa where he helped to oversee democratic elections which brought Nelson Mandela to power.
As a senior figure in the Arab League he helped broker an end to the 15-year-long Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), a conflict that many analysts are comparing to the ongoing civil war now raging in next door Syria.
Mr. Brahimi was quoted as saying to the Elders -- the group of former world leaders that include the likes of Mandela and the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson who use their influence to promote peace where they can -- that the Syrian people "must come together as a nation in the quest for a new formula."
He added that, "This is the only way to ensure that all Syrians can live together peacefully, in a society not based on fear of reprisal, but on tolerance. In the meantime, the UN Security Council and regional states must unite to ensure that a political transition can take place as soon as possible."
He went on to state that, "Millions of Syrians are clamoring for peace. World leaders cannot remain divided any longer, over and above their cries."
The crisis in Syria has seen an estimated 20,000 killed along with tens of thousands being forced to flee into neighbouring countries as refugees.