In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, UN Arab League deputy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Dec. 27,

 

              In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, UN Arab League deputy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Dec. 27,
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, UN Arab League deputy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. The international envoy charged with pushing to end Syria's civil war has called for the formation of a transitional government to run the country until new elections can be held. Brahimi told reporters in Damascus Thursday that political changes in Syria must not be "cosmetic" but lead to genuine change while preserving state institutions. (AP Photo/SANA)