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Former Finnish president nominated as UN envoy for Kosovo talks
www.chinaview.cn 2005-11-01 05:40:10

    BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro, Oct. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has nominated former Finnish President Marti Ahtisaari as special UN envoy for Kosovo future status talks, the official Tanjug news agency reported on Monday.

    Annan made the nomination in a letter to the UN Security Council, said the reports, quoting Annan's spokesman Brenden Varma.

    Varma said over the phone that Ahtisaari's appointment would become official after the UN Security Council decides about this over the next few days.

    Ahtisaari, 68, stole the international limelight this year when he organized and hosted talks between Indonesia's government and the Free Aceh Movement, who signed a peace deal in August to end 30 years of armed struggle.

    The reports said that decision on the appointment would be madein consultation with the Contact Group, which would meet in Washington on Nov. 2 to discuss the fate of Kosovo, a Serbian province under UN administration since 1999.

    The Contact Group, designated to resolve the Kosovo issue, consists of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United States. Enditem

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