SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS GEIR O. PEDERSEN OF
AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR SOUTHERN LEBANON
The Secretary-General has appointed Geir O. Pedersen of
as his Personal Representative for Norway Southern Lebanon. He is replacing Staffan de Mistura, who has been appointed Deputy Special Representative for . Iraq
During the last two years Mr. Pedersen has served as Director of Asia and Pacific Division in the Department of Political Affairs. In this capacity, he has also worked on the
Middle Eastpeace process and . Iraq
Prior to his appointment as Director in the Department of Political Affairs, Mr. Pedersen served for many years as a Norwegian diplomat. Between November 1998 and March 2003, he served as the Norwegian Representative to the Palestinian Authority. From 1995 to 1998, he held different positions at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in
, among them as Chief of Staff for the Norwegian Foreign Minister. Mr. Pedersen has also served as a Norwegian diplomat in Oslo and China . Germany
In 1993, he was a member of the Norwegian team to the secret
negotiations that led to the signing of the Declaration of Principles and the mutual recognition between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Oslo . Israel
From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Pedersen was Director of FAFO, Norwegian Institute for Applied Social Science, concentrating on living conditions surveys in
Asia, Africa, the Middle Eastand Europe.
Mr. Pedersen holds a Master of Arts in History. He is married with five children.
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