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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS - ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA 7 - 31 January 2000

Diplomatic Appointment: High Comissioner To Cyprus

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Franz Johann Ingruber as Australian High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus.

Mr Ingruber replaces Howard Craig Brown, who has been High Commissioner since January 1998.

Australia's relationship with Cyprus is warm and friendly, based upon the strong human ties between the two countries and common institutional inheritances such as parliament, the legal and business systems and membership of the Commonwealth.

Over the years Australia has strongly supported international efforts to find a just, negotiated settlement to the Cyprus problem, most recently through its appointment of a Special Cyprus Envoy. Australia also contributes to confidence building and stability on the island by its continuing contribution of civilian police to the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Mr Ingruber joined the Public Service Board as an Administrative Trainee in 1976. He worked in the International Policy Division, Department of Defence in 1977 and joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1979. He has worked as Third Secretary, The Hague (1979-82); Charge d'Affaires and then Second Secretary, Caracas (1985-87); First Secretary, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Manila (1989-92) and Deputy Head of Mission, Ottawa (1992-95).

In Canberra, Mr Ingruber has been Deputy Director of Indonesia Section and the Thailand, Philippines and Burma Section. He has also been the Director of Korea Section. His latest position was Director, Business Liaison and Economic and Technical Cooperation, APEC Branch.

Mr Ingruber was born in Austria in 1953 and has an Honours degree in Political Science from the Australian National University. He is married with two children.


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