KABUL: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Afghanistan’s Zahir Tanin as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

Ban Ki-moon announced that Zahir Tanin is the replacement for Farid Zarif whose assignment will be completed at the end of this month.

 Tanin was appointed as a Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations in 2006. Since then he has served as the Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform (2008-2014), the Chair of the fifth Biennial Meeting of States to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (2014), Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian people (2006-2015) and the Vice-President of the sixty-third, sixty-fifth and sixty-seventh sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.

Born in 1956, Tanin graduated from Kabul Medical University in 1980. Before taking a seat at the United Nations, Tanin worked with the BBC and the University of London. From 1995 to 2006, he was an analyst, producer and editor at the BBC World Service and from 1994 to 1996 he was a research fellow in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science of the University of London.