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EUHR Solana welcomes appointment of Hansjörg Haber as Head of EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia

Summary: 17 September 2008, Brussels – Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) issued the following statement today welcoming the decision by the Political and Security Committee to appoint Hansjörg HABER Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia.

“I am very pleased that Member States have decided on the basis of my recommendation to appoint Hansjörg Haber as Head of Mission for the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia. This appointment, immediately following the Council's decision on 15 September to launch EUMM Georgia, further illustrates the determination with which the EU is preparing for this important mission, which will be operational by 1 October.

Hansjörg Haber will have a crucial role in putting together and launching the mission as a key part of the EU's efforts to address the crisis in Georgia and enhance stability in the region. His range of skills and experience in diplomacy and crisis management will be assets for the mission. He has my full trust and support and I look forward to working with him."

The Council decided on Monday, 15 September to establish an autonomous civilian monitoring mission in Georgia, in accordance with the conclusions of the extraordinary European Council of 1 September. The mission will be deployed by 1 October, in line with the arrangements set out in the Agreement of 8 September, in close coordination with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the UN and in addition to the international mechanisms of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMG) and the OSCE.

The European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia will be led by the EU under the European Security and Defence Policy. Its main objectives are to contribute to stability throughout Georgia and the surrounding region. In the short term, it will aim to contribute to the stabilisation of the situation, in accordance with the six-point Agreement and the subsequent implementing measures.

Hansjörg HABER

Born on 21 February 1953 in Munich, Germany

Work Experience

Since 2007 German Ambassador in Beirut, also liaising with UNIFIL;

2002-2006 Head of UN Division (strategic planning and elaboration of Germany's position as to UN peacekeeping, including UNOMIG, UN policy in regional conflicts); Federal Foreign Office, Berlin;

1999-2002 German Embassy Moscow, Head of Press and Information Office;

1996-1999 Deputy Head of UN Division, Federal Foreign Office, Bonn;

1992-1996 German Embassy Ankara, Political Counsellor;

1989-1992 Desk Officer, UN Division, Federal Foreign Office, Bonn;

1984-1989 Postings in German Embassies in Paris, Moscow and Manila.


1982-1984 Foreign Service Training

1978-1981 University of Munich, scientific lecturer (economics);

1978 Diploma (equivalent of Masters degree) in economics;

1974-1978 University of Munich, studies of economics;

1973/1974 Military service

1972 General Certificate of education; Atlantic College, United Kingdom

Languages: Russian, English, French, Turkish (fluent), Arabic (conversational knowledge),Farsi (working knowledge)

  • Ref: CL08-157EN
  • EU source: Council
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  • Date: 17/9/2008

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