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    SG/A/956
    BIO/3715
    16 November 2005

    Biographical Note

    Secretary-General Appoints Albert Rohan of Austria as Deputy to Special Envoy for Future Status Process for Kosovo

    NEW YORK, 15 November (UN Headquarters) -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Albert Rohan, the former Secretary-General of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as deputy to Martti Ahtisaari, Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo.  The appointment was approved by the Security Council on 10 November and will be effective as of that date.

    Mr. Rohan's biographical details follow:

    Born on 9 May 1936 in Melk, Austria, Roman Catholic, married

    Secondary School in Salzburg and Feldkirch, Austria, and Vannes, France

    Legal studies in Vienna and Graz, Austria:  1960 Doctor of Law

    1960/61

    Insurance Company "Le Monde", Paris, France

     

     

    1961/62

    College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium

     

     

    1963

    Entry into the Austrian Diplomatic Service

     

     

    1963-66

    Multilateral Economic Department

     

     

    1966-68

    Embassy Belgrade

     

     

    1969-75

    Embassy London

     

     

    1975/76

    Multilateral Economic Department

     

     

    1977-81

    Director, Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, New York, United States

     

     

    1982-85

    Director, Department for International Organizations

     

     

    1985-89

    Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay

     

     

    1990-95

    Director, Department for Central-, East- and South-East Europe

     

     

    1993-95

    Deputy Director-General for Political Affairs

     

     

    1994/95

    National Coordinator for the Central European Initiative

     

     

    1996-2001

    Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs

     

     

    2004

    Rapporteur of the Independent Commission on Turkey



     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    At present Ambassador Rohan works as a lecturer and as a political commentator for radio, television and print media.  He is author of the book Diplomat on the Fringes of World Politics, Molden, October 2002.

    He lectures on developments in the Balkans, the situation in the Middle East, transatlantic relations and European affairs at universities in Princeton, Toronto, Ottawa, Budapest, Krakow and Vienna; the Council for Foreign Relations, New York; the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.; The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London; foreign policy associations in Berlin, Munich, Ljubljana and Vienna; EURAC Bolzano; Clingendael Institute, The Hague; PANEUROPA Movement in Vienna and Innsbruck; UN Association of Austria; and Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Paris.

    Languages:  German, English, French, Spanish.

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