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Kobler to be settled while Leon’s integrity is questioned

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The official website of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya published information about its new head the German diplomat, Martin Kobler, who will succeed Bernardino Leon of Spain. leadership transition is expected to take place in the coming days.

Kobler brings to the position more than 30 years of senior United Nations and Foreign Service experience, serving since 2013 as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the official website reported.

He also served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) (2011-2013) and Deputy Special Representative with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) (2010-2011).

Kobler holds a law degree from the University of Bonn, he held several positions with the German government, notably as Director-General for Culture and Communication in the Foreign Affairs Ministry and as Ambassador to Iraq and Egypt. He was also Chef de Cabinet to former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and Deputy Chef de Cabinet. He served as Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Balkan Task Force and established in 1994 the German representation to the Palestinian Authority in Jericho.

Leon after the UNSMIL

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has announced, on Wednesday, the appointment of Leon as its first director-general to lead the UAE’s center of excellence in diplomatic studies. He is scheduled to assume the post in December.

The British newspaper, The Guardian, criticized the appointment of Leon in UAE’s academy stating on its website that “Leon spent the summer negotiating a £35,000-a-month job with a Gulf state that supports one side in the civil war he was trying to end”.

Leon, according to the Guardian, was offered the job in June by the United Arab Emirates to head the academy, a state-backed think-tank founded last year to promote the UAE’s foreign policy and strategic relations and train its diplomats.