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Experienced UN official appointed to senior political post at world body

28 April 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, who currently heads the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, to a senior political post at the world body’s Secretariat in New York, it was announced today.

Mr. Zerihoun, of Ethiopia, will replace Haile Menkerios – who is serving for the next year as the top UN official in Sudan – as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

Since April 2008, Mr. Zerihoun has served as Mr. Ban’s Special Representative in Cyprus and the head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

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Set up in March 1964 following the outbreak of violence between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on the Mediterranean island, the mission is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order.

Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNFICYP Chief of Mission
Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UNFICYP Chief of Mission

Prior to taking up his post in Cyprus, Mr. Zerihoun, 67, served as the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Special Representative in the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and was the Acting Special Representative from October 2006 to October 2007.

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He has also acted for a time as a UN mediator as part of the world body’s efforts to bring peace to the war-ravaged Darfur region of western Sudan.

Since joining the UN in 1981, Mr. Zerihoun has gained a wealth of experience and administrative skills from his numerous assignments with the world body, where he has worked on issues including decolonization, conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Source: UN News

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