Conference on Iraq focus of UN envoy's talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister

18 November 2004
SRSG Ashraf Qazi

The top United Nations envoy for Iraq today met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zubari for talks on next week's international conference on Iraq.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, stressed the importance of the conference -to be held on 23 November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt - as a clear demonstration of the international commitment to help Iraq through its transitional process, a UN spokesman said in New York.

Mr. Qazi and Mr. Zubari also discussed the latest political developments in Iraq and the UN role in coordinating international support for the country.

Meanwhile, the former Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, Ross Mountain, has been appointed as the new second-in-charge of the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).

Mr. Mountain, a national of New Zealand, will replace Lena Sundh of Sweden and serve also as the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Mr. Mountain has had more than 25 years of experience in the field of economic and social development and humanitarian affairs. Prior to his stint in Iraq, he served from August 1998 to December 2003 as Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator and Director of the Geneva Office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


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