Mirko Manzoni appointed as UN chief's personal envoy for Mozambique

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UNITED NATIONS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Monday the appointment of Mirko Manzoni of Switzerland as his personal envoy for Mozambique.

In this role, Manzoni will provide good offices support in facilitating the dialogue between the Government of Mozambique and Mozambique's main opposition party Renamo and towards the signing and subsequent implementation of a peace agreement between the parties, according to a press note from the UN chief's office.

Manzoni has more than 20 years of experience in the diplomatic and humanitarian fields. Since 2014, he has served as ambassador of Switzerland to Mozambique, supporting the peace process between the Government of Mozambique and Renamo in his capacity as chief mediator and president of the International Contact Group since 2017.

Manzoni has a wealth of experience in providing good offices support and in engaging with governments and international organizations at the highest level, having previously served with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Mali and Poland. He has also worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Iraq, according to the press note.

He holds a degree in architecture with an MBA focused on management and corporate finance from HEC Lausanne, business school of the University of Lausanne. He is married with two children.

Manzoni will assume his assignment upon conclusion of his tenure as ambassador of Switzerland to Mozambique. Enditem

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