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Afghan diplomat new UN mission chief in Kosovo

Afghan diplomat new UN mission chief in Kosovo

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Aug 04, 2011 - 15:17

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Farid Zarif, a diplomat of Afghan origin, has arrived in Kosovo to take up the leadership of the United Nations mission in his new role as the acting special representative of the secretary-general.

He has been the UN deputy humanitarian coordinator in Baghdad in the 1990s, chief of staff of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq and later acting DSRSG of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

A career diplomat and deputy foreign minister, Zarif has studied Law, Diplomacy and International Relations at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Kabul University, the Afghan Institute of Diplomacy and Oxford University.

Since August 2010, he is the Director of Europe and Latin America Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at UN Headquarters.He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul in 1974.

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