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    UNIS/BIO/638
    14 March 2002

    NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF CAPE VERDE
    PRESENTS CREDENTIALS

    VIENNA, 14 March (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Cape Verde to the United Nations (Vienna), Alírio Vicente Silva, presented his credentials on Thursday to Steinar B. Bjornsson, Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), and the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP).

    Mr. Silva also serves as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Permanent Representative to the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Ambassador of the Republic of Cape Verde to Austria and non-resident Ambassador to Sweden. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Silva served as Director General of Consular Affairs and Communities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1996 to 1999 he was Minister Plenipotentiary at the Directorate General of Foreign Policy.

    Mr. Silva started his diplomatic career in 1975 as Secretary to the Prime Minister. From 1978 to 1980 he served as Director General of Consular Affairs and Emigration. He held several postings abroad, including Ambassador in Angola, General Consul to the USA in Boston, Charge d’Affaires at the Embassies in former USSR and the Netherlands, and Counselor in Portugal.

    Mr. Silva holds a law degree from the Classical University of Lisbon, Portugal. He speaks Portuguese, French and English.

    He is married with two children.

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