MEDIA RELEASE
MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS - ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA 17 - 15 March 2000

Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Charles Stuart as Australian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with non-resident accreditation to Romania. Mr Stuart replaces Mr Chris Lamb, who has been Ambassador since August 1997.

Mr Stuart is expected to take up his appointment this month.

Australia's relationship with the countries of accreditation is based on community ties and commercial links. Australia has been represented in Belgrade since 1967 and has maintained non-resident representation in Romania since 1970. In recognition of Romania's position as Australia's most important export market in Eastern Europe, the Minister for Trade, the Hon Mark Vaile MP, opened a new Consulate-General and Austrade Office in Bucharest in October 1999.

Mr Stuart, a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, was Australia's High Commissioner to Bangladesh from 1996 to 1999. His most recent assignment was as Director, East Europe, Russia and Central Asia Section. He was Counsellor (Political) at the Australian Mission to the European Union from 1993 to 1996 and Counsellor (Political) at the Australian High Commission in London from 1985 to 1988. He has also served in Singapore, Vienna and Dar es Salaam.

Mr Stuart was born in Canberra in 1942 and has a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Oxford. He is married with two daughters.


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