Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Insider: Gov't approves new ambassadors

11 February 2013

Prague, Feb 10 (CTK) - Petr Mares, special ambassador for the Eastern Partnership and ex-chairman of the former Freedom Union-Democratic Union (US-DEU), is to be Czech ambassador to Canada, the Internet daily Insider writes yesterday, adding that the government approved several new other diplomats on Wednessay.

The Foreign Ministry 's political director Pavel Fischer is to replace Jan Koukal at the ambassadorial post in Austria.

Current Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Galuska is also to go to Vienna, but to the OSCE and U.N. missions, Insider writes.

The heads of diplomatic missions are proposed by the government and appointed by the president.

Insider writes that Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09) has eventually agreed with Jindrich Forejt, head of the presidential protocol, being sent as ambassador to the Vatican.

But the daily writes that in spite of this it now seems that Forejt will stay in his post even after Milos Zeman replaces President Vaclav Klaus on March 8.

President-elect Zeman said on Saturday he highly esteems Forejt's decision to continue as protocol head.

It is not clear, however, whether Forejt will stay at Prague Castle, the presidential seat, permanently, or only for a transitional period until a replacement is found and will leave for the Vatican afterwards.

The new nominations that are yet to be signed by Klaus will vacate important posts at the Foreign Ministry with regard for the planned departures of Galuska and Fischer.

"Besides the above mentioned posts, also a new secretary general of the Foreign Ministry will be sought because the current, Jaromir Plisek, is to take over the embassy in Bratislava," Insider writes.

It writes that two important posts are not among the nominations. They are the embassies in Moscow and Berlin where Rudolf Jindrak has been staying seven years above the regular period.

Zeman and Schwarzenberg spoke at their meeting on Friday about the possible Moscow candidacy of the first and last Czechoslovak astronaut, now Communist MEP Vladimir Remek.

They also discussed the future of ambassador to Australia Hynek Kmonicek who may allegedly become Zeman's aide.

List of newly approved ambassadors:

Kuwait Martin Vitek
Bratislava Jaromir Plisek
Madrid Katerina Lukesova
Addis Ababa Karel Hejc
Lisbon Stanislav Kazecky
Vienna - UN-OSCE Vladimir Galuska
Ottawa Petr Mares
Vatican Jindrich Forejt
Warsaw Jakub Karfik
Belgrade Jan Sechter
Ljubljana Jarmila Rebickova
Vienna Pavel Fischer
Brasilia Jiri Havlik


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