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Top UN official supporting peacekeepers resigns

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United Nations, July 16 (AP) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Ameerah Haq is stepping down as the U.N. undersecretary-general in charge of providing logistics and support for the more than 100,000 U.N. peacekeepers deployed around the world.

Ban expressed "tremendous gratitude" on Tuesday to Haq "for her outstanding service" during a 38-year U.N. career which has included a wide range of development, humanitarian and peacekeeping roles from East Timor to Sudan, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Laos.

Ban did not name a replacement, and neither he nor his U.N. spokesman gave a reason for Haq's sudden departure.

Haq, who is from Bangladesh, was the top U.N. envoy in East Timor until she replaced Susana Malcorra a year ago as undersecretary-general for field support.