Jan Braathu takes up duties as Head of OSCE Mission to Serbia

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BELGRADE, 6 January 2021 –Jan Braathu, a Norwegian career diplomat of ambassador rank, assumed his duties as Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia on 1 January 2021.

“The OSCE has a lot to offer to Serbia in terms of assistance, advice and expertise. I look forward to working in partnership with the government, civil society, media and other stakeholders on the implementation of the Mission’s comprehensive mandate in supporting democratic values and human rights and other OSCE commitments,” Ambassador Braathu said.

Ambassador Braathu brings with him extensive knowledge of the Western Balkans region, coming to Belgrade from Pristina where he served as Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo from 2016 to 2020. Prior to that, he was Norway’s Ambassador to Kosovo and Albania and Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Previously, he served as Deputy Director General and Head of the Division for Western Balkan Affairs from 2000 to 2006, where he was responsible for Western Balkan policy for the Norwegian Government and for co-ordinating the activities of embassies in the region and their assistance programmes.