British envoy named NATO civil rep for Afghanistan: Diplomats
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 18:52
Brussels: Britain's ambassador in Kabul, Mark Sedwill, will be NATO's new civilian representative in Afghanistan, alliance diplomats confirmed on Tuesday, ahead of a major international conference on the country.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will publicly present Sedwill, who will coordinate civilian efforts in Afghanistan with the military alliance, at a press conference at 1445 GMT (2015 IST) on Tuesday, the diplomats confirmed.

"The new appointee succeeds Ambassador Fernando Gentilini who served as NATO's fourth senior civilian representative in Afghanistan from May 2008 to January 2010," NATO said in a statement announcing the press conference.

Sedwill will be "responsible for carrying forward the political-military aspects of the alliance's assistance to the Afghan government.

"He will work closely with the Afghan government, ISAF (NATO-led International Security Assistance Force), the United Nations and other key stakeholders in Afghanistan," it said.

Last week, a NATO spokesperson said the new nominee would have a bigger team and a beefed up role, as the alliance seeks to streamline military and civilian efforts to help rebuild Afghanistan, and beat a Taliban-led insurgency.


First Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 18:52

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