A New U.N. Special Coordinator is Appointed
On 10 September 1999, the U.N.
Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan, announced the appointment of a new United
Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Special Representative
of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian
Authority. The post had previously been
titled United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories.
As noted by the Secretary-General in announcing the appointment, the base of operations for the Special Coordinator will remain in Gaza and the present functions and responsibilities will continue. Stressing the importance of socio-economic development in this regard, the Secretary-General stated, The new Special Coordinator will be charged with making appropriate preparations within the United Nations for enhancing United Nations Development assistance in support of the peace process. Moreover, referring to the new responsibilities of the post, he stated that the Special Coordinator would represent the Secretary-General in discussions with the parties and the international community in all matters related to continuing United Nations support to the peace process.