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New UN envoy appointed for Bosnia and Herzegovina

29 June 2007 The Security Council today welcomed and agreed to the appointment of Miroslav Lajcák of Slovakia as the new High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member body stressed the importance of the High Representative’s role in the implementation of the peace agreement in the European country.

Mr. Lajcák was designated by the Steering Board of the Peace Implementation Council on 19 June.

Currently the Director-General for Political Affairs in the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he is a 44-year-old career diplomat with extensive experience in Southeastern Europe.

He also served as mediator and personal representative of the European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, in Montenegro last year, overseeing the referendum.

The Council also paid tribute to Christian Schwarz-Schilling, Mr. Lajcák’s predecessor, who had served from early 2006.

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