23 May 2006

Secretary-General Appoints Edmond Mulet of Guatemala His Special Representative in Haiti

NEW YORK, 22 May (UN Headquarters) -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Edmond Mulet of Guatemala as his Special Representative in Haiti and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).  Mr. Mulet succeeds Júan Gabriel Valdés of Chile.

Mr. Mulet has served as Ambassador of Guatemala to the European Union, the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, since 1 June 2000.  He has represented his country in the preparatory meetings of several summits between Latin America/Caribbean and the European Union.

Mr. Mulet was first elected to Guatemala's National Congress in 1982.  He was a candidate to the 1984 National Constituent Assembly, and was elected to Congress for the period 1986-1991.  In 1990, he was re-elected for the period 1991-1996.  During his years in Congress, he was involved in the Central American peace process, the Esquipulas Accords, and the Guatemalan Peace negotiations.  He was also a member of the Guatemalan-Belize Commission, first as a representative of Congress and later as a delegate from the Executive branch.

In 1993, he was appointed Ambassador of Guatemala to the United States, a post from which he resigned following the 1993 coup d'état in Guatemala.  Following the restoration of the democratic rule, he resumed his functions until 1996.  During those years, he was a regular lecturer at think-tanks, universities and colleges across America, and at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C.  Upon his return to Guatemala in 1996, he was elected Secretary General of the "Union del Centro Nacional" party.

Born in Guatemala on 13 March 1951, Mr. Mulet received his primary education in Guatemala, Montreal, New York and Bern (Switzerland).  He studied law and social studies in Guatemala's Universidad Mariano Galvez.  He is a lawyer and notary public.

Mr. Mulet is married to Karen Lind from Guatemala, and they have two children, Daniel and David.  He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

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