Swedish diplomat 'rejects UN Afghan post'

Veteran Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has turned down a job to become the new U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan.

Swedish diplomat 'rejects UN Afghan post'

Veteran Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has turned down a job to become the new U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan due to "family reasons," Western diplomats said on Friday.

Diplomats said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had chosen De Mistura to replace his outgoing envoy in Kabul, Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide, who was accused by his former deputy, U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith, of playing down the extent of the fraud in last year's presidential election.

Eide rejected the allegations and Ban fired Galbraith.

Diplomats said it was not clear who would get the job now that de Mistura, a senior official at the World Food Program and former U.N. special envoy to Iraq, has made clear he does not want the post.

"He says it's for family reasons," a senior Western diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. "Now we're back to square one."

Other diplomats confirmed his remarks.


Reuters

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