Edge Envoy to Iraq

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan named New Zealander Ross Mountain as his interim envoy to Iraq. Veteran Mountain has had a long career with the UN and has worked as a relief co-ordinator in war zones in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He will head a staff of about 40 people, based in Nicosia or Amman, and travel to Baghdad when needed. Iraq is still too dangerous to reopen the U.N. office in Baghdad, Annan said. Mountain replaces top envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in an August suicide bombing along with 21 other people. Click here for ABC interview with Mountain.

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