Haselock heads public affairs team in Bosnia

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 agreement.

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

agreement.



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

February.



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.



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.



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