Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189

October 27, 1999

Wolfgang Petritsch To Deliver 1999 Vienna Lecture

Wolfgang Petritsch, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, will deliver the 1999 Vienna Lecture, "Implementing Peace in the Balkans -- a European Perspective," on Tuesday, November 9, at a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY: Contact Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189 to arrange to cover.

The Library of Congress, together with the Embassy of Austria, began the Vienna Lecture series in 1996, in order to facilitate a deeper understanding Austria's history and people.

Born in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 1947, Wolfgang Petritsch earned his Ph.D. in European history at the University of Vienna in 1972 and spent the following year on a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Southern California.

After serving as press secretary to the Austrian Federal Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, Mr. Petritsch joined the Austrian Mission to the OECD in Paris. He subsequently served as head of the Austrian Press and Information Service in New York, and then as acting head of the Department for Multilateral Economic Cooperation in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 1994, he was appointed head of the Department for Information on European Affairs in the Federal Chancellery and was responsible for the information campaign leading to Austria's entry into the European Union in 1995. Following two years as head of the Department for International Relations of the city of Vienna, he was appointed Austrian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in September 1997.

In October 1998, Mr. Petritsch was appointed the European Union Special Envoy for Kosovo. He continued in this capacity until July 1999. In August he was appointed High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The mandate of the High Representative is to oversee the civilian implementation of the Bosnian Peace Agreement, initialed in Dayton, Ohio, on November 21, 1995, and signed in Paris on December 14, 1995. The High Representative is the final authority regarding this agreement on the civilian implementation of the peace settlement. This includes the establishment of political and constitutional institutions, respect for human rights, the return of displaced persons and the continuation of humanitarian aid.

At the Peace Implementation Council Steering Board Ministerial Meeting on September 22, 1999, in New York, Mr. Petritsch received full endorsement for his new approach to the problems in Bosnia based on the concept of "ownership."

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PR 99-164
ISSN 0731-3527

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