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UN Chief Names Bulgarian As New Middle East Peace Coordinator

The UN's new Middle East envoy, Nikolay Mladenov

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Nikolay Mladenov as the UN's top Middle East envoy, succeeding Robert Serry who has held the job for more than seven years.

Mladenov, 42, is currently the top U.N. envoy in Iraq. He was Bulgaria's foreign minister from 2010 to 2013 and served in the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009.

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said on February 5 that Mladenov "brings with him extensive experience in public service and international affairs."

Mladenov will take over as the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Ban's personal representative to the Palestinian Authority, and his envoy to the so-called Quartet of Middle East mediators.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters