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25.09.2017  

Statement of Ambassador Benedejčič as a new Vice-Chair of the IAEA Board of Governors for 2017-2018

Statement by Ambassador Andrej Benedejčič, Permanent Representative and Governor from Slovenia, at the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, Vienna, 25 September 2017


Mr. Chairperson,

Let me also join others in congratulating you, Ambassador Djumala, on your election as the Chair of the IAEA Board of Governors and wish you every success in your future work.  I think it is safe to say that we all count on your wisdom and diplomatic acumen to guide this important body in our collective endeavors.  I therefore look forward to working closely with you during the next year. Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate my colleague, Ambassador Plesner, on her election as a fellow Vice-Chair.  She brings to this position not only the much welcomed gender balance, but also important experience gained as a Co-Chair of the Working Group on the Regular Budget and the Technical Cooperation Fund Targets for 2018-2019. 

Mr. Chairperson,

I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the outgoing Chair, Ambassador Seokolo, for the outstanding work during the past year and for guiding this body with great sensitivity and determination. I believe that his strong leadership and commitment to the principles of dialogue and cooperation allowed us to find the much needed consensual solutions to some very challenging issues on last year's agenda of the Board.  These achievements are all the more impressive in light of his other obligations, including being the Ambassador of South Africa to my own country, Slovenia.  Let me also use this opportunity to extend my appreciation to the two previous Vice-Chairs, to Ambassador De Salazar Serantes of Spain and to Ambassador Hasans of Latvia. 

Mr. Chairperson,

In conclusion, I would like to congratulate once again Director General Amano for his reelection to this important post.  I would also like to congratulate all the new members who have joined the Board, including fellow representatives from the East European Group, Armenia and Serbia, as well as a neighboring country, Italy.  My Delegation looks forward to working closely and constructively with all of you.

Thank you.