UK names new special representative on Mideast

As widely speculated, the British Government confirmed Friday that it has appointed Dr. Michael Williams to be the UK Special Representative on Middle East and Special Projects.

UK names new special representative on Mideast
As widely speculated, the British Government confirmed Friday that it has appointed Dr. Michael Williams to be the UK Special Representative on Middle East and Special Projects.

Williams, who is currently serving as the UN Secretary General's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and his Personal Representative to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, will start his new role in September.

He will be based in the British Foreign Office, and will report to the Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

The appointment was agreed by Brown and Miliband, it pointed out.

Williams' responsibilities will cover the "wider Middle East including Iraq and Iran in addition to the Middle East Peace Process," the Foreign Office explained.

In the 1990s he served with the UN in Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, Geneva and New York.

Between 2000 and 2005, he served in the Foreign Office as the Special Adviser to two former Foreign Secretaries, Robin Cook and Jack Straw.

In July 2005 Williams was appointed Director of Asia in the UN's Department of Political Affairs in New York.

In July 2006 he was promoted to Assistant Secretary General and appointed Special Adviser on the Middle East to Kofi Annan.

Williams has played a critical role in the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which brought the Israel-Lebanon war to a conclusion, the Foreign Office said.

He replaces Lord Levy, who resigned when former British Prime Minister Tony Blair quit 10 Downing Street last June.

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