John Flynn, 60, a former ambassador to Angola, will work with the United Nations and regional officials to galvanise regional and international efforts to restore the emocratically elected government of President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah.
His first task will be to convene a meeting of interested parties at the United Nations in New York on Thursday, said Robin Cook, the Foreign Secretary.
The democratically elected government of Kabbah was overthrown by a military coup last May.
An agreement between the military junta and members of the Economic Community of West African States to restore Kabbah to office by April appears stalled.
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