Simon Haselock has been appointed head of public affairs at the
Office of the High Representative, the Sarajevo-based international body
charged with overseeing implementation of the Bosnian peace
The OHR was set up in 1996. It is a political pace-maker for
Bosnia-Herzegovina, according to its spokesman and deputy head of public
affairs Duncan Bullivant.
OHR duties include establishing common political and constitutional
institutions, economic reconstruction, human rights, the repatriation of
refugees, humanitarian aid and help during elections.
Haselock joins from the Ace Rapid Reaction Corps, assembled to implement
the Bosnian peace agreement, where he was chief spokesman until
He joined the OHR earlier this year and became head of public affairs
when his predecessor, Michael Maclay, left for the UK last month.
Haselock will oversee a ten-strong team, and will produce a public
affairs strategy for every major political initiative. In addition, the
team will answer press enquiries, oversee a pounds 10 million
independent television network and provide crisis management.
The public affairs team was built from scratch in January 1996 by
Maclay, who was also special adviser to the High Representative, and
Bullivant will remain in his current post, and Maclay, a former media
and political adviser to Douglas Hurd, will return to London to
establish a media and crisis management division for international
investor advice agency Hackworth.