The European Union has appointed a German diplomat, Hansjörg Haber, to head the future European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia. Today (18 September) Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier congratulated Mr Haber, currently the German Ambassador in Beirut, on his new role, and expressed his pleasure at the selection of a German diplomat:
"Allow me to congratulate you on your appointment to this responsible position, which will require your crisis-management and diplomatic skills in equal measure, and to thank you for accepting this challenge. Germany has an important role to play within the European Union.
I am certain that your task will by no means be easy. Many issues remain unresolved following the fighting, indeed, they are now more difficult to resolve than before. The time pressure alone under which your observer mission has to be set up is huge. But the EU's presence in Georgia is of vital significance under the present circumstances. You may rest assured that the Federal Government will do everything in its power to assist you.
I wish you all the very best, confidence, great stamina and every success in carrying out your new responsibilities."