3 March 2005

New Permanent Observer of Palestine Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 3 March (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Zuheir Elwazer presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General, UNOV.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Elwazer was serving as Ambassador to the Government of Finland as the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) representative (1984). He was additionally serving as non-resident Ambassador to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (1992).

Mr. Elwazer has served as a Member of the Palestinian National Council (1996); Member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council (1989); and Member of the Executive Committee of the General Union of Palestinian Students (1979).

Mr. Elwazer completed his studies in medicine at Jash University in Romania. He is married and has two children.

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