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Danish diplomat Loj named to UN South Sudan post

July 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed veteran Danish and U.N. diplomat Ellen Margrethe Loj as his special representative for conflict-wracked South Sudan.

Loj, 65, will become the U.N. envoy as the world’s newest nation faces violence that broke out in December after President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, accused former vice president Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer, of trying to oust him in a coup. Months of ethnic attacks, failed cease-fires and a warning of famine followed.

She will succeed Hilde Johnson of Norway.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Wednesday that Loj brings “a wealth of experience in peacekeeping and international affairs” to the job, having served as Ban’s special representative to Liberia and as Denmark’s ambassador to the Czech Republic, the United Nations and Israel.

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