Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed
Berhanu Dinka as his Special Representative for the Great Lakes "to
raise the profile of the UN within the international community's efforts
to address the deteriorating situation in Burundi."
Mr. Dinka will serve at Assistant-Secretary-General level, according to a letter from Mr. Annan to the President of Security Council released at UN Headquarters today. He was previously the Secretary-General's Representative and Regional Humanitarian Adviser for the Great Lakes region.
The designation of South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela as the new facilitator is expected to reinvigorate the Burundi peace process, the letter said.
Mr. Dinka would therefore "sound out the countries in the region on the organization of the international conference on the Great Lakes." He would also represent the Secretary-General at meetings under the Arusha peace process on Burundi, and address regional dimensions of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through "close interaction" with Mr. Annan's Special Representative there.
In the letter, Mr. Annan also informed the Council that he intended to renew the mandate of his Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo until the end of December 2000.