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    Biographical Note   UNIS/BIO/594
          6 December 2000
     New Permanent Representative of Lebanon Presents Credentials

    VIENNA, 6 December (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations (Vienna), Samir Chamma, presented his credentials today to Pino Arlacchi, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). 

    In addition to his current appointment as Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations in Vienna and Ambassador of Lebanon to Austria, Mr. Chamma also serves as Non-resident Ambassador to Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Chamma served as Director of the Inspection of the Lebanese Embassies and Missions at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

    Between 1988 and 1999, Mr. Chamma was Ambassador of Lebanon first to Chile, and for the last five years to Japan and Non-resident Ambassador to the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. From 1985 until 1987 he was Director of the Administrative and Financial Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. Two years before that appointment he served as Ambassador of Lebanon to Canada.

    Mr. Chamma began his diplomatic career in 1968 as Secretary at the Embassy of Lebanon in Mexico, and in 1972 he was appointed Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations in Geneva. Between 1975 and 1978 he was Head of the Department of Emigrants at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Lebanon. After that he served as Consul General of Lebanon in Detroit, Michigan and the Midwestern States in the Unites States of America until 1983.

    Mr. Chamma holds degrees in Lebanese and French Law from Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He also pursued advanced studies in International Law and Literature. 

    He is married and has one daughter.

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