The United Nations Security Council has approved the appointment of Bulgaria’s Nikolai Mladenov, until now the special representative for Iraq and formerly his country’s foreign minister, as UN envoy for the Middle East.
The appointment of Mladenov (42) was accepted unanimously by the 15 member states of the UN Security Council, Bulgarian National Radio said, citing reports quoting diplomatic sources.
Mladenov was a member of the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009, Bulgaria’s Defence Minister from 2009 to early 2010, and Foreign Minister until March 2013. That year, he was appointed the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq and head of the UN mission for that country.
He succeeds Robert Serry, UN special co-ordinator for the Middle East peace process since December 2007.
(Photo: UN Photo/Marco Castro)