15 June 2012

Morocco: Ban Appoints UN Official As Head of Mission On Referendum in Western Sahara

Photo: Evan Schneider/UN Photo
Troops of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber of Germany as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Mr. Weisbrod-Weber succeeds Hany Abdel-Aziz of Egypt, who completed his assignment on 30 April 2012.

"The Secretary-General is grateful for his strong leadership and perseverance," Mr. Ban's spokesperson said in news release.

The spokesperson added that Mr. Weisbrod-Weber brings to the post 28 years of experience with the United Nations and a strong background in peacekeeping direction and management, both in headquarters and in field operations, such as with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Mission in East Timor (UNMIT).

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