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UN chief announces new UN spokesman

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (C) listens as outgoing Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Martin Nesirky (L) speaks February 19, 2014 at UN headquarters in New York while incoming spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric (R) listens. Nesirky will step down in early March and Dujarric will assume the post at that time. (AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA)

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky will be replaced by Stephane Dujarric, a former spokesman under Ban predecessor Kofi Annan.

Ban told reporters Wednesday that Nesirky, who is British, asked for a change after more than four years as spokesmen and will leave March 7 for a new assignment at the U.N. office in Vienna.

He said Dujarric, a Frenchman who heads the U.N. Department of Public Information's news and media division, will take over March 10.

Ban called Nesirky "a model spokesperson of the United Nations - accessible, authoritative, cool under pressure, fast on his feet and quick with a joke."

The secretary-general also announced the appointment of Farhan Haq, who has been acting deputy to Nesirky, as deputy spokesman.

 

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