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Kobler leaving Congo as head of Monusco


Monusco boss Kobler on a boda boda

The mandate of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Congo, Martin Kobler, will expire on October 31, 2015.

Charles Bambara, the Director of the Division of Public Information MONUSCO, confirmed to press on Wednesday.

Kobler, the head of MONUSCO, will first present his report on the situation in the DRC before the United Nations General Assembly this September.

He will then be taking his new position after the New York presentation.

He was appointed to this position in June 2013 by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Martin Kobler (born in 1953) is a German career diplomat.

He heads more than 20,000 peacekeepers in Congo.

Kobler served as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) from October 2011 to July 2013.

Prior to this appointment, Kobler was Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.

A veteran in the German Foreign Service, Kobler had held several high-ranking positions, including as Director-General for Culture and Communication in Germany’s Foreign Office, and as Ambassador of Germany to Iraq and Egypt.

His other posts include Chief of Cabinet to former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer from 2000 to 2003, Deputy Chief of Cabinet from 1998 to 2000, Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Balkan Task Force from 1997 to 1998.

Prior to this, he was instrumental in implementing the German representation with the Palestinian Authority in Jericho.

Additionally, he has acted as an Electoral Observer with the United Nations missions in Haiti, Nicaragua and Cambodia.

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