21 February 2003

New Permanent Representative of Nicaragua Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 21 February (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the United Nations (Vienna), Alberto-Jose Altamirano-Lacayo, presented his credentials yesterday to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Altamirano-Lacayo was the personal adviser to the Ambassador of Panama in Madrid on diplomatic and protocol affairs.

From April 1994 to November 1995 he worked in the SORAC, S.P.A. Company in Rome, Italy, where he was responsible for sales and public relations in the director's office. In 1993-1994 he served as Head of Mission, Embassy of Nicaragua in Prague, Czechoslovakia. From 1990-1992 he both served as a Minister Counselor in the Embassy of Nicaragua, in Rome, Italy, as the Permanent Representative to FAO and IFAD, as well as head of his embassy's Consular section.

From 1983 to 1990 Mr. Altamirano-Lacayo worked as Director, Public Relations, in the film-making company Charlie R.M. in Rome, Italy.

From 1973 to 1976 he held various teaching positions in Nicaragua. This included a professorship of Philosophy and Humanities in the Autonomous Polytechnical University.

Born in Managua, Nicaragua, on 21 May 1951, Mr. Altamirano-Lacayo received a Masters Degree in History and Literature from the Central American University, Managua, Nicaragua in 1975. He also subsequently studied at the European Institute in Rome, Italy.

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