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New Permanent Representative of Georgia Presents Credentials
(Based on information received from the Protocol and Liaison Service.)
Irakli Alasania, the new Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations, today presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Alasania served from March 2006 as adviser to the President of Georgia on Conflict Resolution. He also acts as the President of Georgia’s Special Representative for the Georgian-Abkhaz talks, a status he retains in his current capacity. Mr. Alasania was appointed as the President’s Special Representative for Abhkazia in February 2005 and, at that time, he also acted as Head of Government of the Abkhazia Autonomous Republic.
Mr. Alasania began his career at the Ministry of State Security in 1993. He then joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russian Directorate (1998-2001), and held positions at the embassies of Georgia to the United States, Canada and Mexico. He then became Head of the Directorate for Security Issues of the National Security Council, where he oversaw Georgia’s special services (2001-2002).
In 2002, he began his two years as First Deputy Minister of State Security, after which he was made First Deputy Minister of Defence (2004). Later that year, July 2004, he was moved to the National Security Council, where he was Deputy Secretary.
He received an international law degree from Tbilisi State University in 1995, and is married with two children.
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