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UNIS/BIO/907
14 January 2010

New Permanent Representative of Slovenia Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 14 January (UN Information Service) - The new Permanent Representative of Slovenia, Aleksander Geržina, presented his credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Antonio Maria Costa.

Mr. Geržina is also serving as Ambassador to Austria.

Mr. Geržina has served in many capacities in the course of his career, among them: Head, Department for Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-09), Representative for Cyprus of the European Union (EU) Presidency (2008), Deputy Head, EU Department, and Deputy Head, Project Group of the Presidency of the EU Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2005-06), Head, Project Group for Slovenian Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2004), Head, Section for Croatia, Department for Neighbouring States (2004), Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission to the EU, Brussels, Belgium (2002-04), Head, Section for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, EU Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000-02), Deputy Permanent Representative, Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Western European Union (WEU), Brussels, Belgium (1998-2000), First Secretary, Mission to the EU, Brussels, Belgium (1996-1998), Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), The Hague, Netherlands (1997), Acting Chief, Cabinet of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1996), Deputy Chief, Cabinet of the Minister, and Parliamentary Secretary of the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994-96), Member of the Negotiating Group for the EU membership (1994-96), First Secretary, Section for Europe and North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994) and Attaché, Permanent Mission to the United Nations (New York) (1993).

Mr. Geržina holds a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Ljubljana.

Mr. Geržina speaks Slovene, Croatian, English, German, and Serbian.

He is married with one child.

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