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New UN envoy arrives in Afghanistan amid period of transition

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The new Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, today arrived in the capital city of Kabul to take the helm of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

"I am looking forward to be here in this period of transition, to be a good partner of the Government of Afghanistan, and a good partner of the people of Afghanistan," the new Special Representative told local journalists gathered at the airport.

Mr. Kubiš added that he looked forward to working “in this partnership” as Afghanistan was moving to a new period of its development.

He noted that the United Nations was standing by ready to assist the Government and the people of Afghanistan.

Mr. Kubiš was met at the tarmac by UNAMA Deputy Special-Representative Michael Keating and M. Erfani Ayoob, Director General of the Department of the UN and International Conferences in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

Mr. Kubiš, from Slovakia, succeeds Staffan de Mistura, who headed UNAMA from March 2010 through December 2011.

Prior to taking up his current position, Mr. Kubiš served as UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).