Kai Eide nominated UN Special Representative in Afghanistan

Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide has been nominated to be the next UN Special Representative in Afghanistan.

Updated: (3.09.2008)

Mr Eide is currently the political director of Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is a former ambassador to Nato. He is expected to take a more prominent role co-ordinating international reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.

Hamid Karzai vetoed Ban Ki-moon's choice of Paddy Ashdown for the key UN job in Afghanistan fearing, say diplomats, that his authority would be challenged. Lord Ashdown served as the UN's High Representative and EU envoy to Bosnia from 2002 to 2005.

Mr Ban has written to the 15 members of the UN Security Council informing them of his intention to appoint Mr Eide. Now the Security Council must discuss the appointment, but diplomats say there is no reason to believe that Mr Ban's choice will not be endorsed.

The Afghan government will support this appointment, sources tell the BBC.

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