17 February 2003 

  New Permanent Representative of Ecuador Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 17 February (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations (Vienna), Byron Morejon-Almeida, presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Morejon-Almeida served as Undersecretary of Bilateral Relations in his country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs since February 2002.

In the Foreign Ministry, Mr. Morejon-Almeida held the posts of Minister and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs (2001-2002), Undersecretary of Administrative Affairs (1994-1996), Minister and President of Cultural Affairs (1986), Minister and Head of the Department for Economic Advice (1970).

Abroad, he was Ambassador of Ecuador to the Netherlands (1996-2001), to Sweden and, concurrently, to Denmark, Finland and Norway (1989-1993), Minister of his country's Embassy in the United Kingdom (1981-1986). He also served as First Secretary and Counsellor in Colombia (1972-1977), Second Secretary in Japan (1969-1972) and Chief Secretary in Spain (1964-1967).

Mr. Morejon-Almeida has been a senior member of numerous delegations, conferences and meetings dealing with Latin American issues.

Born on 14 November 1943 in Quito, Ecuador, Mr. Morejon-Almeida is a graduate of the Institute of International Law, Central University of Ecuador, and also received a diploma from the Diplomatic School of Madrid. Mr. Morejon-Almeida is also a painter and his works have been exhibited in different European cities. He is also the author of numerous articles, published in newspapers, magazines and books. He received a number of honours and awards from different countries.

He is married with two daughters.

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