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U.N. set to name 'ambassador' to aliens

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The United Nations is set to appoint the world's first ambassador to greet any aliens trying to contact Earth, authorities said.

Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman, 58, would be responsible for co-coordinating humanity's response if and when extraterrestrials make contact, Britain Daily Telegraph reported Sunday.

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Othman will discuss the details of her proposed new role at a Royal Society conference in England this week, the newspaper said.

She is currently head of the little-known U.N. Office for Outer Space Affairs.

"Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a 'take me to your leader' person," Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law at the U.K. space agency, said.

The plan to make the Office for Outer Space Affairs the co-coordinating body for dealing with alien encounters will be debated by U.N. scientific advisory committees and should eventually reach the body's general assembly, the Daily Telegraph said.

"The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day human kind will received signals from extraterrestrials," Othman says.

"When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject," she says. "The United Nations is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination."

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