New EU Special Representative for South Caucasus will be a Frenchman
French diplomat Philippe Lefort has become the new EU Special Representative for South Caucasus and crisis in Georgia. As reported by "Georgia-News" with reference to the press service of the European Council, the decision was made at a meeting of the Council.
Mandate of Lefort will take effect on September 1, 2011 and will run until June 30, 2012. It joins position of the EU Special Representative on the crisis in Georgia (after the 2008 war), as well as position of the EU Special Representative for South Caucasus.
Lefort will have to develop contacts with governments, parliaments and other institutions of government and civil society in his new position. In addition, he'll have to facilitate regional cooperation in confronting security threats, terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime. In addition, he will promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts in the region in accordance with the principles of international law.
Lefort is French diplomat with 20 years of experience. In 2004-2007 he worked as French ambassador to Georgia, in 2007-2010 he was the deputy head of the French diplomatic mission in Russia.