U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan has re-appointed a former Algerian foreign minister as the world body's chief envoy to Afghanistan, a country that is under threat of attack from the United States.
Lakhdar Brahimi will be serving his second term as envoy to Afghanistan. Mr. Brahimi stepped down from the position in 1999, citing frustration over the lack of progress in talks to end the Afghan civil war.
Mr. Annan says the envoy will have overall authority for U-N political and humanitarian endeavors in Afghanistan. He added that Mr. Brahimi will begin developing plans for rebuilding the country, which has suffered through nearly three decades of civil war.
The United States is threatening military action against Afghanistan, which has sheltered suspected terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.