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UNECE yet to say exactly when Kubiš will become its new head

The Geneva-based United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) hasn't yet announced the date on which Slovakia's outgoing foreign affairs minister Jan Kubis will take up his new post of UNECE executive secretary

The Geneva-based United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) hasn't yet announced the date on which Slovakia's outgoing foreign affairs minister Jan Kubis will take up his new post of UNECE executive secretary

The date is expected to be January 15, the commission's information office told the TASR newswire on January 7. Meanwhile, the name of Slovakia’s new foreign affairs minister won't be known before next week, said Prime Minister Robert Fico's spokesperson Silvia Glendová. She added that the premier's earlier statement that there will be a new foreign affairs minister by the next Government session, which is planned for January 14, 2009, still stands.

According to foreign ministry spokesperson Ján Škoda, until President Ivan Gašparovič officially accepts his resignation, Kubiš will continue to act as minister and will carry out the duties connected to the post. Kubiš is currently at a meeting between the European Commission and the Czech government that will officially launch the Czech EU presidency.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Kubiš as the new executive secretary of UNECE in December. Kubiš, who is due to replace Marek Belka of Poland, announced his resignation from his current post on December 17, 2008, after consultations with both Fico and Gašparovič. The UNECE encourages co-operation among its 56 member states in various fields, including the economy, energy, the environment and trade. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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