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01.12.2015

“The OSCE has grown. It remains the only forum for an inclusive dialogue about the current state and the future of our common security order at the moment. But this is not only because there were no alternatives. It is also because the OSCE has distinct characteristics and abilities, which recommend the organization for this role” — Antje Leendertse, Ambassador, Head of the Task Force for the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship.

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Name: Antje Leendertse
Affiliation: Federal Foreign Office
Position: Head of the Task Force for the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship
Biography :

Ambassador. Obtained a Master’s degree in medieval and modern history, Romance languages, economics and philosophy from the University of Cologne (1989). Entered the Foreign Service in 1990. 1992-1993 worked at the Political Directorate-General of the Federal Foreign Office. 1993-1997 served at the German Embassy in Moscow. 1997-1999 – worked at United Nations Policy Division of the Federal Foreign Office. 1999-2005 – Press Division, Federal Foreign Office. In 2002-2005 served as Deputy Spokesperson of the Federal Foreign Office. Worked in German Embassy in London (2005-2006). Served Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Helsinki in 2007-2009. Was Head of Division for the Western Balkans, Federal Foreign Office (2009-2012). Was Special Envoy for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in 2012-2014. In 2014-2015 – Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control. Since February 2015 - Ambassador, Head of the Task Force for the 2016 OSCE Chairmanship.

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