Nickolay Mladenov named UN Special Coordinator for Middle East

Nickolay-Mladenov-named-UN-Special-Coordinator-for-Middle-EastSecretary-General of UN, Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Nickolay Mladenov of Bulgaria as the new U.N. special coordinator to the Middle East, replacing Robert Serry. Robert Serry, a veteran Dutch diplomat, was appointed to the post in 2007.

Mr. Ban has appointed Mr. Mladenov as “his Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and his Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the Palestinian Authority”, Xinhua news agency cited deputy U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq as telling reporters on Thursday.

He said Mr. Mladenov would be the envoy of the Secretary-General to the so-called Middle East Quartet.

About Nickolay Mladenov:

Mr. Mladenov, aged 42, used to work with the Bulgarian government, serving in prestigious posts, including Foreign Minister and Defence Minister.

He also served in the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009. He had been the top U.N. envoy in Iraq since 2013.

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