UN appoints veteran Nigerian diplomat to head joint UN-AU Force in Darfur

10:00, December 08, 2009      

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The United Nations on Monday appointed veteran Nigerian diplomat Ibrahim Gambari, who is currently a senior UN official at the world body's headquarters in New York, as joint special representative of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

A press release by UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and Jean Ping, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, said Gambari's appointment to head the Darfur peacekeeping mission would be effective as of Jan. 1, 2010.

"Mr. Gambari brings to this position extensive diplomatic skills, UN experience and knowledge of the African region," the release said.

Gambari succeeds Rodolphe Adada, who is a former foreign minister of the Republic of Congo and stepped down from his duties as UNAMID chief on Aug. 31. Ban accepted his resignation and wished him continued success in his "future role with the government of the Congo."

The Darfur operation is the first hybrid peacekeeping mission between the African Union and the United Nations.

Gambari has had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations, having served most recently as the secretary-general's special advisor on the International Compact with Iraq and other political issues.

He has also served the secretary-general in pursuing the good offices mandate on Myanmar.

The release said prior to that, Gambari was the UN under-secretary-general for political affairs. Also the special adviser on Africa, he headed the UN mission in Angola.

From 1999 to 2002, he served as the Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations.

UNAMID has been in place in Darfur since the start of last year to try to quell the fighting and humanitarian suffering that has engulfed the region since 2003.

At least 300,000 people are estimated to have died from the

Source: Xinhua
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