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Russian diplomat Vladimir Voronkov to be United Nations' first counter-terrorism chief

United Nations: The United Nations will announce on Wednesday the appointment of its first counter-terrorism chief, Russian diplomat Vladimir Voronkov, United Nations officials and diplomats said.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The new high-level position has been created by United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts that had been dispersed among several United Nations agencies and departments.

"I do believe that we have a problem of coordination of the 38 entities that within the United Nations deal with counter-terrorism, so it makes full sense to have a dedicated office with a responsible (person)," Guterres told a news conference on Tuesday.

Voronkov is Russia's representative to international organisations in Vienna.

The appointment will raise Russia's profile in international counter-terrorism and at the United Nations, where Voronkov will hold the title of under-secretary-general.

The United Nations General Assembly last week approved the creation of the new United Nations office of counter-terrorism.

"The secretary-general considers counter-terrorism and prevention of violent extremism to be one of the highest priorities of the United Nations to address a growing threat to international peace and security," United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said after the assembly's approval.

Updated Date: Jun 21, 2017 23:02 PM

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