August 3, 2013, Saturday
Former Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov has been appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as the organization’s special envoy to Iraq.
This has been revealed by Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky.
Mladenov takes over the UN mission in Iraq from Germany’s Martin Kobler.
The Bulgarian comes in in a situation of lasting instability within Iraq fueled by interfighting religious and ethnic groups, and intensified by the civil war in neighboring Syria.
Nikolay Mladenov served as Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in the 2009-13 cabinet of former Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov, initially serving for some months as Minister of Defense, before taking over Bulgaria’s diplomatic service.
Source: Sofia News Agency.