Blair to resign as Mideast peace envoy in June


(JTA) — Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, will step down next month as the special Middle East peace envoy of the Quartet group representing the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations.

Blair has occupied the post since 2007, but there has been little progress in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. He sent a letter confirming his resignation to the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

It is not clear whether anyone will succeed Blair.

News of Blair’s plans to resign first broke in March, when sources “familiar with the situation” said Blair decided his high-profile role was no longer appropriate, according to the London-based Financial Times.

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