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Slovak named UN envoy to Kabul

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL Ban Ki-moon named Slovak diplomat Ján Kubiš his next special envoy for Afghanistan and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on November 23.

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL Ban Ki-moon named Slovak diplomat Ján Kubiš his next special envoy for Afghanistan and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on November 23.

The former Slovak foreign minister will replace Staffan de Mistura of Sweden who has been at the helm of UNAMA since 2010.

Kubiš presently heads the UN Economic Commission for Europe, and served in several major posts in the past such as OSCE secretary general. He will take his new UN post in January 2012.

Kubiš previously served as Slovakia’s Foreign Affairs Minister in the Robert Fico-led cabinet and has had a lengthy career as an official for international organisations, serving most recently as the head of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the Reuters newswire wrote.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan provides political support and aid work as well as compiling closely-watched reports on civilian casualty figures in the Afghan conflict.


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