25 August 2006

New Permanent Representative of Bulgaria Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 25 August (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations (Vienna), Chavdar Zhechev, presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General, United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Zhechev was serving as Head of USA and Canada Department, American Directorate, Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002-06).

Mr. Zhechev has served in many capacities in the course of his career, including as Deputy Head, Bulgarian Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna (1998-2002) and Deputy Head, Europe and North America Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994-98).

Mr. Zhechev studied at Moscow University and obtained a Master's degree in International Relations. He is married and has one child.

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