UN names Briton as new Lebanon envoy
New York - The United Nations on Friday named veteran British diplomat Derek Plumbly to lead the United Nations efforts to help end Lebanon's internal unrest and battles with its neighbours.
Plumbly will take over as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special co-ordinator for Lebanon from another British official, Michael Williams. Ban is currently on a visit to Lebanon.
Plumbly has been a Middle East specialist during his 35 years in the British diplomatic service, including as ambassador to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
The post was set up after the 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel to represent the UN on all political and coordination aspects in the country. It replaced an earlier post coordinating UN activities in south Lebanon and international efforts to maintain peace and security between Israel and Lebanon.