KABUL (BNA) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today, Saturday announced the appointment of Ms.Roza Otunbayeva of Kyrgyzstan as his new Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
Ms. Otunbayeva succeeds Deborah Lyons of Canada, to whom the Secretary-General expresses his gratitude for her dedicated service
Ms. Otunbayeva has 35 years of professional experience in leadership, diplomacy and international cooperation.
She has served as the President of Kyrgyzstan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Georgia.
Ms. Otunbayeva has also held several senior diplomatic positions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States of America and Canada (1992-1994) and as Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Kingdom (1997-2002). From 1989 to 1991, she was President of the Soviet National Commission for UNESCO.
Ms. Otunbayeva holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Moscow State University and a degree from the Philosophy Faculty of Moscow State University. She is fluent in Kyrgyz, Russian, and English.
Otunbayeva succeeds Deborah Lines, a Canadian diplomat whose mission ended early this year.
Marks Potzel, a German diplomat and political deputy of UNAMA, was in charge of the UNAMA office in Kabul lately.
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