New French ambassador takes UN Security Council seat

10th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 9, 2007 (AFP) - France's new UN ambassador, Jean-Maurice Ripert, took office Thursday, sitting in his first UN Security Council consultations dealing with Sudan and other issues.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 9, 2007 (AFP) - France's new UN ambassador, Jean-Maurice Ripert, took office Thursday, sitting in his first UN Security Council consultations dealing with Sudan and other issues.

Previously France's ambassador to Switzerland, Ripert, 54, replaces as UN ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sabliere, 60, who has been appointed Ambassador to Rome.

Ripert told AFP he was "very moved" to be in the same UN building where his father, Jean, worked as director general for 10 years.

Close to French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Bernard Kouchner, with whom he worked in the 1990s in the health ministry and on humanitarian issues, Ripert said he shared with the minister and French President Nicolas Sarkozy "a certain vision of France."

France is one of the Security Council's five permanent, veto-wielding members, along with Britain, China, Russia and the United States, and has a history of supporting human rights and development issues in the world body.

"These are the issues I believe in and have long been fighting for," Ripert told AFP.

AFP

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