Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador To Burma
I have today announced the appointment of
Mr Trevor Wilson as Australian Ambassador to Burma (Myanmar).
Mr Wilson will replace Ms Lyndall McLean AM,
who has been Ambassador since April 1997.
Australia shares cordial relations with Burma.
The Australian Government would, in the future, wish to have
a closer relationship with Burma but this cannot happen without
real movement on political reform, including improvements in
the human rights situation. We believe it is in Burma's best
interests that the Government there resolve its differences with
the political opposition and ethnic groups through negotiation
In recent months we have welcomed Burma's
response to the Australian Government's initiative for the establishment
of an independent human rights institution for Burma. We are
prepared to help Burma achieve this goal on the basis that the
Burmese Government's approach continues to be constructive.
We have also been encouraged by recent anti-narcotics
activities in Burma, in particular the efforts of the Burmese
Government since accession to ASEAN in 1997 to enforce its obligations
under the international drug treaties. As Burma is the major
source of heroin entering Australia, the Australian Government
attaches high priority to supporting domestic and international
anti-narcotics activities there. To this end, an Australian
Federal Police officer will be attached to our Embassy in Rangoon
for a trial period.
Since joining the Department of Foreign Affairs
in 1967, Mr Wilson has had a number of appointments in that Department
as well as working in the Departments of Defence (1978-79) and
Prime Minister and Cabinet (1992-95). During 1995-96, he served
as Senior Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Mr Wilson's overseas assignments include three
postings in Japan (1968-71, 1980-83 and most recently as Deputy
Head of Mission in Tokyo from 1996-00) as well as in Laos (1973-76)
and the United States (1989-91).
During his career, he has worked on both defence
and security affairs as well as on trade and economic affairs.
In addition to Japan, his geographic experience in the Department
of Foreign Affairs and Trade covers South-East Asia (as Head
of the Indochina Section) and the South Pacific (as Head of the
Papua New Guinea Section).
Mr Wilson graduated from the Australian National
University with an honours degree in Asian Studies and is married
with four children.