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    RUSSIAN PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UN LAVROV APPOINTED HEAD OF RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

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    MOSCOW, March 9, 2004 - RIA Novosti. Permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Sergei Lavrov has been appointed Foreign Minister of Russia, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

    Sergei Lavrov held the post of the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN over the last nine and a half years. He presented his credentials to the UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on September 22, 1994.

    Lavrov was born in 1950. In 1972 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the USSR Foreign Ministry. Lavrov began his diplomatic career in the USSR embassy to Sri Lanka. From 1976 to 1981 he worked in the Directorate of international organizations of the USSR Foreign Ministry.

    From 1981 to 1988 Lavrov was the first secretary, counsellor and senior counsellor at the permanent representation of the USSR to the UN. From 1988 to 1990 worked as deputy head of the Directorate of the international economic relations of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    In 1990-1992 - director of the department of international organizations and global problems of the Russian Foreign Ministry. In 1992 was appointed deputy foreign minister of Russia. He held this post until his appointment as a permanent representative of Russia to the UN in 1994.

    Married, with a daughter.

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