Samuel Insanally

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Samuel Insanally (2006)

Samuel Rudolf Insanally (born June 23, 1936 in Georgetown , Guyana ) is a Guyanese politician and diplomat . He was Foreign Minister of his country from 2001 to 2008 and presided over the 48th General Assembly of the United Nations in 1993/94.

Early career

After successfully completing his studies in modern languages ​​and international relations in Georgetown, London, Paris and Brussels, he taught French and Spanish at various universities in Jamaica and Guyana until he entered the diplomatic service in his home country in 1966. From 1966 to 1970 he worked at various Guyanese embassies and international organizations in America, such as the OAS and CARICOM . From 1970 to 1982 he represented Guyana as a permanent representative to the European Communities and was also ambassador to Belgium, with simultaneous accreditation for Austria , Sweden and Norway . During this time he played an important role in the negotiations of the second Lomé Convention of 1981 between the EEC and the ACP countries . At the same time he served as ambassador to Venezuela , Colombia , Peru and Ecuador from 1972 to 1978 .

In 1982 he returned to Georgetown to head the Western Hemisphere Division at the State Department. At the same time he was ambassador to Colombia and consul general in various Caribbean countries.

At the United Nations

In 1987 he took up the post of permanent representative of Guyana to the United Nations. The 48th UN General Assembly elected him President on September 21, 1993, and his term of office lasted until September 20, 1994.

Back in Guyana

After this office, Insanally headed the University of Guyana as Chancellor from 1994 to 2001. He chaired the Group of 77 in 1999 as representative of Guyana. From 2001 to 2008 he headed the Guyanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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