Jan Braathu, a Norwegian, was named a new OSCE ambassador to Serbia on January 1, replacing an Italian diplomat Andrea Orizio, the organisation said on Monday.
„Before moving to Belgrade, he served as Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo from October 1, 2016, until December 31 2020. Previously, he was Norway’s Ambassador to Kosovo and Albania (2011-2016) and Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2006-2011).
Dobro došao! A very warm welcome to our new Head of Mission Amb. @jbraathu who will bring his great experience & energy to 🇷🇸! Amb. Braathu has worked as a diplomat in the Western Balkans for many years & has extensive knowledge of the region. We look forward to working with him! pic.twitter.com/P8NcIQG1pZ
— OSCE_Serbia (@OSCE_Serbia) January 1, 2021
His other assignments include: Deputy Director General and Head of the Division for Western Balkan Affairs (2000-2006), responsible for Norwegian Government Western Balkan policy, coordinating the activities of embassies in the region and their assistance programs, in the period totalling approximately euro 100 million annually,“ the OSCE said in a statement.
It added that from 1998 until 2000, Braathu was attached to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry’s OSCE Chairpersonship-in-Office Section, following Western Balkan issues and representing the 1999 OSCE Chairperson-in-Office at the Rambouillet talks between Belgrade and Pristina prior to the NATO bombing of Serbia for its refusal to sign the agreement offered during the negotiations.