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Nambiar appointed Annan's Special Advisor

Veteran Indian diplomat Vijay Nambiar has been appointed Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan with the rank of Under-Secretary General.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 11:48 IST

Veteran Indian diplomat Vijay Nambiar has been appointed Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan with the rank of Under-Secretary General.

Nambiar, India's Deputy National Security Advisor will advise the Secretary General on a range of matters and will both follow the issues and represent Annan in the United Nations and elsewhere at a high level, the world body said.

At the United Nations, Nambiar will be liasing with Permanent Representatives. He will also be a member of the Policy Committee.

A former Indian Foreign Service Officer Nambiar is not a stranger to the UN having been India's Permanent Representative to the world body. He is a well known and highly respected person in the diplomatic corps.

The Secretary General has also announced that his Chef de Cabinet, Mark Malloch Brown, will be Deputy Secretary General from April 1 when the incumbent Louise Frechette steps down.

Annan decided on the appointment "to ensure that his Executive Office and the United Nations Secretariat is able to carry out the full agenda remaining in his term," which ends on December 31, the Secretary General's Spokesman said.

The present Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Alicia Barcena of Mexico, will be the Acting Chef de Cabinet, it was announced.

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 10:30 IST