SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS JAN KUBIS OF SLOVAK REPUBLIC AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR TAJIKISTAN19980520 Biographical Note Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of Ambassador Jan Kubis of the Slovak Republic to succeed Gerd Merrem as his Special Representative for Tajikistan, effective 1 July. Mr. Kubis is at present the Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre in the secretariat of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a position he has held since 1994.
Mr. Merrem, who will be retiring from the United Nations after 25 years of distinguished service, will relinquish his post on 31 May. He has made an important contribution to the work of the Organization, serving as Special Representative for Tajikistan since May 1996.
From 1993 until his present appointment, Mr. Kubis was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations Office in Geneva, as well as to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and other international organizations. In 1994, Mr. Kubis was Special Ministerial Envoy and Slovak Chief Negotiator on the Pact for Stability in Europe. In 1992, he served as Chairman-in-Office of the Committee of Senior Officials of the Committee on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) under the Czechoslovak CSCE chairmanship.
From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Kubis was Director-General of the Euro-Atlantic Section in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague, reporting directly to the Foreign Minister. From 1989, he served in the Czechoslovak Embassy in Moscow, and as Deputy Head of the Embassy from 1990 until his departure in 1991. Between 1985 and 1988, he headed the section dealing with security and arms control in the Czechoslovak Foreign Ministry. From 1980 to 1985, he served in the Czechoslovak Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Born in 1952, Mr. Kubis is married and has one daughter.
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