U.N. names Iraq envoy; Report: Uday holds contacts with US on surrender
U.N. human rights chief Sergio Vieira de Mello has been chosen as the United Nations' special representative to Iraq, diplomats said Friday.
His appointment will be for a four-month period, according to AP.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan was expected to send a letter informing the Security Council of his choice later Friday, the diplomats said.
Vieira de Mello was the top choice of the United States, which lobbied quietly for his selection.
Under the council resolution adopted Thursday, Vieira de Mello will coordinate U.N. humanitarian and reconstruction efforts and work with the U.S.-led forces and Iraqi people to help build a new government in Iraq.
Meanwhile, Uday Hussein, deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's elder son, is considering surrendering to US forces, media reports said Friday.
A report in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said that Uday was hesitant because of the way US officials are handling negotiations.
Citing a source familiar with the talks, WSJ reported that Uday was hiding out in a Baghdad suburb and that he wanted to know the specific accusations he faces before turning himself in.
Uday also wanted to know from US forces the conditions under which he would be held and interrogated, the report added. The negotiations were being held through intermediaries, according to the WSJ report. US officials declined to comment on this issue. (Albawaba.com)
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