Veteran Indian diplomat Vijay Nambiar has been appointed U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s special adviser on Myanmar, the United Nations announced on Thursday.
Mr. Nambiar is currently Mr. Ban’s Chief of Staff, a position he has held since 2007.
“Nambiar expressed (his) wish to step down, so as to allow me to compose a new team of senior managers for my second term as UN Chief,” Mr. Ban told reporters announcing the appointment.
Mr. Nambiar will move to serve as Mr. Ban’s “Special Advisor on Myanmar at an appropriate time, following the transition in my Executive Office,” the U.N. chief said, thanking the former Indian Permanent Representative to the UN for his “unfailing support, wise counsel, and dedication in handling the many challenges that have faced the organisation during my first term.”
Mr. Nambiar has previously served as India’s ambassador to Pakistan, China and Afghanistan.
Mr. Ban said the United Nations has been playing a key role in furthering the democratisation process of Myanmar.
“Encouraged” by the recent release of political prisoners in the country, Mr. Ban said he is planning to visit Myanmar in the near future to have further discussions with the authorities.