Press Releases

    12 January 2004

    New Permanent Representative of Zambia Presents Credentials

    VIENNA, 12 January (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Love Mtesa, presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General, UNOV.

    Mr. Mtesa also serves as Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva.

    Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Mtesa was Spokesperson and Chairman of the Information, Publicity and Elections Committee for the United Party for National Development (UPND) in Zambia. In February 2002, he resigned from UPND and rejoined the ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) the following month.

    Mr. Mtesa has also served in the following capacities: Vice Chairman UPND International Relations Committee; Zambian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Malta and Ambassador to the Holy-See, Ireland, Switzerland and Turkey; MMD Chairman, Lusaka District, and Secretary of the MMD International Relations Committee; Assistant Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports; Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations in New York.

    Mr. Mtesa joined the Foreign Service in 1966 and has held several other posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lusaka as well as at Zambian Embassies abroad.

    Mr. Mtesa earned his M.A. in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster in London and was given an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Westminster, in absentia, in December 1997. He studied Political Science at Mercy College in New York, USA, and completed a Post Graduate Course in International Relations at the International Institute for Public Administration in Paris.

    Mr. Mtesa is married and has four children.

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