UNMIK chief likely to take over top OSCE job

UNMIK chief Lamberto Zanier will almost certainly be the new Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, the country that chairs the OSCE at the moment, said that there were no objections to the proposal that Zannier should be the one to replace Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, whose mandate expires at the end of June.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis told Ambassador of Lithuania to the OSCE Renatas Norkus to initiate a formal procedure for the appointment of Zannier to the highest office of the organization.

Zannier should be appointed new OSCE secretary general by a consensus of member states at the coming meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.

The Italian, who currently heads the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), should assume his new duties on July 1.

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