INDEPENDENT NEWS

New Special Coordinator

Published: Thu 19 Oct 2006 04:36 PM
OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL COORDINATOR
REGIONAL ASSISTANCE MISSION TO SOLOMON ISLANDS
MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 19th October 2006
New Special Coordinator
RAMSI Special Coordinator James Batley announced today that he would be departing Solomon Islands in early November. He would be succeeded as Special Coordinator by senior Australian diplomat Mr Tim George.
Mr Batley took over as Special Coordinator from Nick Warner in August 2004. He previously served as Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands from 1997 to 1999.
Mr Batley said he felt privileged to have served as the head of such a significant regional undertaking as RAMSI, and took pride in RAMSI's contribution over the past two years. “I am convinced that RAMSI has a lot more to offer Solomon Islands, and in this respect I am sure that Tim George will serve with distinction as Special Coordinator,” Mr Batley said.
Until recently Mr George was Australia’s Ambassador to Israel, and prior to that he served as Australia’s Ambassador to Spain. He previously served in a senior diplomatic capacity in Fiji and in New Zealand.
Mr Batley noted that, in accordance with the international agreement signed in 2003 which established RAMSI, the Government of Australia was responsible for nominating the leader of RAMSI, in consultation with the Government of Solomon Islands. Mr Batley noted that the Government of Solomon Islands had formally provided its concurrence to Mr George’s appointment as the next Special Coordinator.
ENDS

Next in World

Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
By: UN News
Conflict, Drought, Dwindling Food Support, Threatens Lives Of 20 Million In Ethiopia
By: UN News
Syria: Cross-border Aid Mechanism Extension Is Necessary For The Survival Of Millions
By: Euro Med Monitor
UN Ocean Conference Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
By: UN Department of Global Communications
World Vision Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
By: World Vision New Zealand
Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty
By: UN Special Procedures - Human Rights
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media