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UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday named former Irish president Mary Robinson the UN special envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region as it tries to end conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
"Mrs Robinson will play a key role in supporting the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa" which was signed by 11 countries last month, said UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey.
The nomination is part of a broader initiative under which Ban wants to establish a 2,500 strong UN "intervention brigade" in eastern DR Congo alongside the political efforts to be led by Robinson.
Robinson was president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.