UN names peace envoy for Great Lakes
19 March 2013, 09:45
New York – The UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday named former
Irish president Mary Robinson the UN special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes
region as it tries to end conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
"Mrs Robinson will play a key role in supporting the
implementation of the Peace, Security and Co-operation Framework for the
Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa"
which was signed by 11 countries last month, said the UN deputy spokesperson Eduardo
The nomination is part of a broader initiative under which Ban
wants to establish a 2 500 strong UN "intervention brigade" in
eastern DRC alongside the political efforts to be led by Robinson.
Robinson was president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.