PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed a new deputy head of the U.N. mission in Kosovo, a statement said Thursday.
Werner Wnendt, a career German diplomat will be in charge of institution building in the U.N.-run province. He replaces a french diplomat, Pascal Fieschi, who finished his tour earlier this month.
Kosovo has been administered by the United Nations since 1999, after a NATO air war ended the Serb crackdown on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians.
Before his appointment to the post, Wnendt held a senior position in the office of the high representative in Bosnia. He assumed his duties Thursday.