New U.N. ambassador presents credentials

Latvia’s new permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Solveiga Silkalna, has presented her credentials to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Silkalna, born in Australia, has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for several years. She also served as foreign policy advisor to former Prime Minister Einars Repše.

During her June 8 meeting with Annan, the two discussed U.N. reform. Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga is one of five envoys Annan chose in April to promote his reform plans around the world.

Silkalna replaces Gints Jegermanis, who now heads the Foreign Ministry’s planning group.

New York-area community members will have an opportunity to meet Silkalna during a June 18 benefit reception for the Victims of Communism Memorial to be built in Washington, D.C. The reception begins at 3 p.m. in the Daugavas Vanagi House, 115 West 183rd St., Bronx. Admission is USD 35.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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