Norwegian diplomat emerges as front-runner for Afghanistan

Norwegian diplomat emerges as front-runner to become international envoy in Afghanistan
The Associated PressPublished: March 6, 2008

BRUSSELS, Belgium: France's foreign minister says Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide has emerged as the top candidate to become the international envoy for Afghanistan.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told reporters Thursday after NATO foreign ministers' talks that there was a "very good chance" Eide would get the job. NATO diplomats appeared to agree, saying there was growing consensus among the 26 NATO allies in favor of the Norwegian. Such an envoy would coordinate military and civilian efforts to support the Afghan government.
At this point they need to get someone in there for the job.

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