Now that EU Ambassador Attilio Pacifici has bidden farewell to Liberia and left, a new Ambassador has been named to continue the diplomatic relations between Liberia and the European Community.
She is Tiina INTELMANN, 51, an Estonian, who is coming to take the place of Attilio Pacifici whom President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf extolled as a “great European diplomat who had accomplished a lot for Liberia,” during a farewell reception in his honor last week.
Pacifici on many occasions defended government and attributed the cause of poverty in Liberia to all parties and not just the governing body.
His administration brought about the signing of agreements between Liberia and EU to include the Voluntary Partnership Agreement in the Forest Sector and Sanitation and Hygiene projects in three slum communities in Monrovia.
Under the leadership of Ambassador Pacifici, EU committed millions of Euros to the health and education sectors and to the fight against Ebola.
Tiina INTELMANN also has vast experience in diplomacy.
From November 1, 2011 to present, Ms Tiina INTELMANN served as the president of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC, Ambassador-at-large for the International Criminal Court, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tallinn, Estonia.
She also served as an Ambassador of Estonia to the state of Israel and non-resident Ambassador to Montenegro from October 1, 2010 to November 1, 2011.
From February 1, 2005 to October 1, 2010, Ms INTELMANN served as an Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
While at the UN, she co-facilitated the General Assembly Intergovernmental Consultations on Systems-wide Coherence from November 2009 to July 2010.
Ms INTELMANN also served as Vice President for the Economic and Social Council of the UN from January 2009 to January 2010, co-facilitator of the 10-11 June 2008 high level meeting on the comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, and Chairperson of the Consultative Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) from January 2007 to January 2009.
In education and training, Ms Tiina INTELMANN earned the Master of Arts and Bachelor of Art degrees in Italian Language and Literature, teacher and interpreter in Leningrad State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.
She is also trained in Italian and French language Literature and Political Science.
NOTE: Yesterday, the printer’s devil made us publish the wrong caption for the new EU Ambassador to Liberia, Ms. Tiina INTELMANN. So today, we have decided to reprint the article with her proper caption. The error is regretted.