Saturday, 08 October 2011 03:00

Newly Appointed SRSG Martin Kobler Arrives in Baghdad

Baghdad, 8 October 2011- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Mr. Martin Kobler, has arrived today to the Mission’s Headquarters in Baghdad to take up his duties.


“I am privileged to be here to contribute to serving and assisting Iraq and its people at a time when the country is going through an important phase in its transition towards a peaceful and prosperous state,” SRSG Kobler said upon his arrival.


“I am very much  looking forward to working closely with the Iraqi Government, the Council of Representatives, state institutions and Iraqi civil society, together with the United Nations family in Iraq,   in the fulfillment of our mandate in support of Iraq and its people’s aspirations for a better future,” he added.  “I am deeply honoured by the trust placed in me by the UN Secretary-General to serve in this important function as head of UNAMI,” SRSG Kobler said.


Mr. Kobler, of Germany, was officially appointed by the UN Secretary-General as his Special Representative for Iraq and Head of UNAMI on 11 August 2011.


He replaces Mr. Ad Melkert of the Netherlands who served in Iraq from July 2009 to August 2011. 




Background Note to the Media


Prior to his assignment in Iraq, Mr. Kobler has served as Deputy Special Representative (Political) for Afghanistan since March 2010.  He has vast experience in developing policies for conflict areas with more than 25 years in his country’s Foreign Service.  He previously served as Director-General for Culture and Communication in Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was Ambassador to Iraq and Egypt.


Mr. Kobler was Chief of Cabinet to former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer between 2000 and 2003, and Deputy Chief of Cabinet from 1998 to 2000.  From 1997 to 1998, he was Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Balkan Task Force, prior to which he established the German representation with the Palestinian Authority in Jericho.

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