Subject: Annan appoints Indian as new envoy to Timor-Leste

Annan appoints Indian as new envoy to Timor-Leste

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 6, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Atul Khare of India as his special representative for Timor-Leste and head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), the United Nations announced Wednesday.

Khare has replaced Mr. Sukehiro Hasegawa of Japan, whose appointment expired on Sept. 30.

The new envoy served with the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor from June 2002 until its completion in May 2005, first as chief of staff and later as deputy special representative of the secretary-general.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Khare had been a member of the Indian foreign service.

In August, the Security Council created the UNMIT to help restore order in the country and support next year's presidential and parliamentary elections. UNMIT currently has just over 460 police officers on the ground, out of a total mandated complement of 1,608.

It is also fielding military observers and is supported by 102 international civilians, 222 local civilian and 34 UN Volunteers.

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