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U.N. envoy in Iraq tipped to be the next U.N. envoy in Sudan if the government approves, diplomats say

U.N. envoy in Iraq tipped to be the next U.N. envoy in Sudan if the government approves, diplomats say

Ashraf Qazi, the top U.N. envoy in Iraq, is tipped to be the next U.N. envoy in Sudan if the government gives its approval, diplomats said Wednesday.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted Qazi's name to the Sudanese government about two weeks ago, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made.
Ban will be arriving in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Monday and the diplomats said there is pressure for a new envoy to be named before he gets there.
Ban told a news conference on Tuesday he had proposed a successor to Jan Pronk of the Netherlands to Sudan "and the announcement will come out very soon." He added that he hoped for an announcement before his visit.
Pronk was ordered to leave Sudan last October after accusing the army of violating U.N. resolutions by mobilizing Arab militias in conflict-wracked Darfur following heavy losses in fighting with rebels.
Qazi, a respected Pakistani diplomat who served in key posts around the world including Washington, was tapped to be the top U.N. envoy in Iraq in July 2004.
He replaced Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top U.N. envoy in Iraq who was one of 22 people killed in the Aug. 19, 2003, bombing at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad.
U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said last week that one of the candidates to replace Qazi in Baghdad is Staffan de Mistura, a Swede who has worked at the United Nations for more than 30 years. De Mistura served as the U.N. envoy in southern Lebanon and was named the deputy representative in Iraq in 2005.
The U.N. Mission in Sudan oversees a 10,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force monitoring a January 2005 peace agreement that ended a 21-year civil war between Sudan's mostly Muslim north and the Christian and animist south.


Updated : 2020-11-30 13:58 GMT+08:00