UN, AU name new head of Darfur joint peacekeeping mission

Updated: 2012-12-21 06:05:00


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UNITED NATIONS, December 20 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday announced the appointment of Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana as their Joint Special Representative for Darfur and head of the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID.

The responsibilities of the position will also include acting as Joint Chief Mediator for the AU and the UN.

"Chambas brings to his new position extensive experience after a long and distinguished career in both international and governmental forums," said a statement issued by the office of the spokesperson for the secretary-general.

His career includes serving most recently as secretary-general of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and previous to that, as president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 2006 to 2009.

Chambas replaces Ibrahim Gambari of Nigeria, to whom both Ban and Dlamini-Zuma "wish to reiterate their deep appreciation for his dedicated service during his tenure with UNAMID," said the statement.

UNAMID, established in 2007, is tasked with protecting civilians, promoting an inclusive peace process and helping ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance across Darfur.