Belgian diplomat to be UN's number 2 in Lebanon

14th April 2008, Comments 0 comments

The newly-appointed Special Co-ordinator for Lebanon will guide political process in the country.

14 April 2008

BELGIUM - The Belgian diplomat Johan Verbeke is to take up an important post at the United Nations. Verbeke is to become Special Co-ordinator for Lebanon and as such will be reporting directly to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

In his new position, Verbeke is to guide the political process in Lebanon and co-ordinate the UN-mission in the country. In doing so, he succeeds Geir Pedersen from Norway.

Next to guiding the political process in the country, Verbeke will supervise all UN activities in Lebanon. As such, he will be closely co-operating with the UNIFIL peace mission, a mission in which Belgium is taking part too.

Belgian foreign minister welcomes appointment
Verbeke’s appointment was initiated by Ban and happened in close contact with the Belgian foreign minister Karel De Gucht who has already welcomed Verbeke’s appointment.

“The appointment perfectly illustrates the multilateral commitment our country stands for. It is a token of the appreciation for the work we have done in recent years, especially the accomplishments of the Belgian ambassador to the United Nations Security Council,” De Gucht explains.

“Following the appointments of Serge Brammertz as prosecutor at the ICTY and Peter Piot as head of UNAIDS, our country has now been awarded an additional post in the international and political sphere of the United Nations,” De Gucht concludes.

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