Former Latvian Ambassador to Belarus to Head EU Delegation in Minsk

20.06.2011 09:38

Delegation of the European Union in Belarus will be headed by former Latvian Ambassador Maira Mora, replacing the temporary attorney, Jean-Eric Holzapfel, holding the post since 2008. Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, announced the new appointment on June 17.

«EU Delegation in Belarus will strengthen the EU’s engagement with the Belarusian people and Maira is the right person to head it,» said Catherine Ashton.

«The EU remains committed to its policy of critical engagement with Belarus. Any deepening of relations is conditional on the release of all political prisoners and on further progress by the Belarusian authorities towards respect for the principles of democracy, rule of law and human rights,» said Catherine Ashton.

Maira Mora is a carrer diplomat with long experience at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Ambassador of Latvia to Belarus, as well as a member of the Latvian delegation to the OSCE. Diplomat speaks several languages, including Belarusian.