Former Kyrgyz president becomes UN envoy for Afghanistan

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a former president of Kyrgyzstan as his new special envoy for Afghanistan.

Roza Otunbayeva replaces Deborah Lyons, who stepped down in mid-June, the United Nations said in a statement.

Otunbayeva served as Kyrgyz president during 2010-2011 and on three occasions as foreign minister. She was a member of parliament during 2007-2010 and served as deputy prime minister in 1991.

Otunbayeva has also served as Kyrgyz ambassador to the United States and Canada (1992-1994) and as ambassador to the United Kingdom (1997-2002).

Presently, she is a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation. Otunbayeva holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from Moscow State University and a degree from the Philosophy Faculty of the Moscow State University.— Ariana News

 

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