UN names deputy rep for Afghanistan, no word on a top envoy

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The United Nations on Friday announced a new deputy special representative for Afghanistan, but it’s unclear how soon the world body may replace its top official there. For now, the newly appointed political affairs deputy, German diplomat Markus Potzel, will be in charge of the UN’s political mission in Afghanistan, UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said. The announcement came a day after Deborah Lyons ended her tenure as the UN’s chief representative in Afghanistan, departing with a lament for a country that was reshaped by Taliban militants’ takeover last year. “I could not have imagined, w…

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