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Appointment of new ambassadors in Bonn and the United Nations

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^ . The Foreign Minister, Senator Don Willesee, today announced the appointment of new Australian Ambassadors to the Federal Republic of Germany and to the United Nations in New York.

. The Minister said that Mr. L.H. Border, MVO, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra, would become Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Mr. R.L. Harry, CBE, presently Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, would become Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Mr. Harry would succeed Sir Laurence McIntyre, CBE, who was

to retire. ·

Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

Senator Willesee said that Mr. Border's appointment to Bonn reflected the importance the Government attached to maint­ aining and developing its close relations with not only the rederal Republic of Germany but also the European community as

a whole. · ■

Mr. Border, aged 54, is one of Australia's most senior and experienced career diplomats. He was born at Bundarra, NSW, and is a graduate of the University of Sydney. After service with the AMF and AIF during World V/ar II, he joined the Department of External Affairs in 1945·

Mr. Border served in Tokyo, Geneva, New Delhi and Washington. In Canberra, he had been in charge of the Department's United Nations and South East Asia Branches. From 1 963 to 1 965 Mr. Border was Ambassador in Rangoon, from 1966 to 1968 Ambassador

ih Saigon, and from 1968 to 1970 High Commissioner in Islamabad (with dual accreditation as Ambassador to Afghanistan).


From 1 970 until his appointment in 1971 as a Deputy­ Secretary, Mr. Border was in charge of the Department's Management Services Division. He has frequently acted as Secretary of the Department during the Permanent--Head1 s absences. ·

Mr. Border, who is married with four children, will take up his duties in Bonn in February.

Appointment of Ambassador to the United Nations

The Minister said that Mr. Harry's appointment to the United Nations came at a time when Australia enjoyed a high standing internationally for its active support for the work of the world organisation across a broad front. He would be

looking to Mr. Harry to continue Australia's vigorous and constructive contribution to the United Nations.

Mr. Harry, aged 57 was born in Geelong and is a graduate of the Universities of Tasmania and Oxford. He was Tasmanian Rhodes Scholar in 1937. Mr. Harry joined the Australian Public Service in 1940 and in 1941 was Private Secretary to the Minister

for External Affairs. He served with the AIF from 1942 to 1943 and later served at Australian Missions in Ottawa, Washington (twice) and the United Natidns^in New York. From 1953 to 1956, Mr. Harry was Consul-General amHjPermanent Delegate to the United Nations in Geneva, and from ,1 956 "Bo 1 957 Commissioner in ■ Singapore.

He was seconded to the Department of. Defence from 1957 until I960, and, after several senior appointments with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra, became Ambassador to Belgium in 1965 where he was also accredited tothe European Communities.

From 1968 to 1970, Mr. Harry was Ambassador in Saigon. He was apponted Ambassador in Bonn in 1971, while occupying the post Mr. Harry served as alternate leader of Australia's delegations to the first and second sessions of the U.N. Conference

on the Law of the Sea.

Mr. Harry, who is married with three children, is to take up his appointment in New York in March.

Appointment of Deputy Secretary

The Minister said that the Secretary of the Department, Mr. Alan Renouf, intended to appoint Mr. N.F. Parkinson as one of the two Deputy Secretaries of the Department following Mr. Border's appointment to Bonn.

Mr. Parkinson, aged 48, served in the RAAF during the war and subsequently graduated from the University of Sydney. He . joined the Department in 1951. Following study at the School of



African and Oriental Studies at the University of London, and the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies in Lebanon, Mr. Parkinson served in Cairo, Hong Kong, Moscow, Wellington and Kuala Lumpur. From 1967 to 1970 he was Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in the Department of Defence. From 1970 until early this year, Mr. Parkinson was Australian High Commissioner in Singapore. He is at present First Assistant Secretary in charge of the Department's Management Services Division.

Retirement of Sir Laurence McIntyre

The Minister said that he wished to pay a special tribute to Sir Laurence McIntyre, currently Australia's Permanent Representative to the United Rations in New York, who would be retiring next March after almost 40 years in the

foreign service.

» He recalled that Sir Laurence began his first posting

abroad in 1936, at the High Commission in London, and that subsequently he served in Washington and Singapore and later as Senior External Affairs Officer in London.and held Ambassadorial posts in Jakarta and Tokyo. Sir Laurence had been Deputy Secretary of the Department in Canberra from 1965-70, before taking up his post in New York in April 1970.

The Minister said that Sir Laurence had served Australia with particular distinction during his four-year term at the United Nations. He noted that, as President of the Security Council in October 1973, Sir Laurence had played

an important role in the sensitive and critical negotiations surr­ ounding the institution of a ceasefire in the Middle East and: the establishment of UN peacekeeping machinery to supervise"the ceasefire. '

The Minister said that Sir Laurencds service to the Australian Government spanned a period in which the world and Australia's place in it and perception of it had changed greatly and he could take satisfaction from the level of his own

contribution to those changes.