New York, 6 Sept. (AKI) – Staffan de Mistura, a veteran of United Nations operations in the Middle East, is slated to become the next top United Nations envoy in Iraq, the UN has said.
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has informed the UN Security Council of his intention to appoint de Mistura, who is Swedish and Italian, as his Special Representative for Iraq, in succession to Ashraf Qazi whom Ban is appointing Special Representative for Sudan, a spokesperson told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York Wednesday (5/9/2007).
De Mistura has already served in Iraq under Qazi as Deputy Special Representative in 2005 and 2006. Before that he was then Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon for four years.
Last year, he led a high-level UN team to Nepal to discuss UN assistance for the peace process in the Himalayan country. He currently serves as Director of the UN Staff College in Turin, Italy.