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No decision on new Lebanon appointments: United Nations

  • File - Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the UN speaks during an interview with Associated Press at a UN compound in the UN buffer zone in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

BEIRUT: The United Nations Sunday said no decision on new appointments has been made in response to media reports that Dutch diplomat Sigrid Kaag will replace Derek Plumbly as the new United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon.

Pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat reported that Kaag, who currently heads the joint Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons United Nations mission in Syria, will become the new representative for U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon in Lebanon.

When contacted by The Daily Star, the office of the special coordinator for Lebanon said Plumbly returns to Beirut from New York Sunday.

The office said Kaag and Plumbly were both “very committed to their present roles,” adding that no decisions have been taken with regards to future appointments.

The office highlighted that the mandate of the special coordinator for Lebanon was not a fixed one.

Kaag, 53, was tipped to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as U.N. envoy to Syria but the Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura ended up taking the post. Kaag speaks Arabic, according to Al-Hayat.

A U.N. representative for Lebanon was originally established in the year 2000, based on the secretary-general’s report to the Security Council dated July 20, 2000 that expressed the intention to appoint a senior official to be based in Beirut to help coordinate United Nations activities with regard to southern Lebanon.

Then, in a letter to the Lebanese prime minister on Feb. 8, 2007, the United Nations secretary-general announced his intention to appoint a special coordinator for Lebanon.

Subsequently, the title of the post was changed from “personal representative of the secretary-general for Lebanon” to “special coordinator for Lebanon.”

In his letter, the secretary-general mandated his special coordinator to represent him on all political and coordination aspects of the work of the United Nations in Lebanon.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 14, 2014, on page 4.
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The United Nations Sunday said no decision on new appointments has been made in response to media reports that Dutch diplomat Sigrid Kaag will replace Derek Plumbly as the new United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon.

A U.N. representative for Lebanon was originally established in the year 2000, based on the secretary-general's report to the Security Council dated July 20, 2000 that expressed the intention to appoint a senior official to be based in Beirut to help coordinate United Nations activities with regard to southern Lebanon.

Then, in a letter to the Lebanese prime minister on Feb. 8, 2007, the United Nations secretary-general announced his intention to appoint a special coordinator for Lebanon.


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