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SUBJECT: ROMANIAN CANDIDATE FOR UN SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE
FOR IRAQ


1. (SBU) At the request of outgoing MFA Director for UN
Issues Petru Dumitriu, Polmiloff joined Dumitru's
replacement, Gabriela Constantinescu, UK Poloff, and Iraqi
Ambassador Murad to receive a diplomatic note (with CV copied
below) expressing Romania's interest in advancing the
candidacy of Ambassador Radu Onofrei, currently Ambassador in
Amman, to be the UN Secretary General's Special
Representative for Iraq. Ambassador Murad said he knows
Onofrei well, and while he could not specifically say what
might be Baghdad's reaction, he speculated that the candidacy
would be warmly welcomed. He added that not only is
Ambassador Onofrei a good Arabic speaker and energetic, but
that more importantly he knows the Iraqi people and had good
relations with the different parties. Dumitriu added that
while it would be a real sacrifice for the MFA to lose one of
its better Arabic speakers to the UN, it would underscore
Romania's commitment to the international mission and Iraq's
reconstruction.

2. (SBU) Begin Text of Diplomatic Note:

No. C2 2/2853

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania presents its
compliments to the Embassy of the United States of America in
Bucharest and has the honour to communicate that the
Government of Romania decided to present the candidature of
HE Mr. Radu ONOFREI, ambassador extraordinary and
plenipotentiary of Romania to the Hashemite Kingdom of
Jordan, for the position of Special Representative of the
United Nations Secretary General for Iraq.

Ambassador Radu ONOFREI is an outstanding career diplomat
with a wide expertise in the Middle East issues, having
studied and worked in the region for more that 20 years.
Moreover, his assignments in Iraq, from April to August 2003,
as Special Representative of Romania for Iraq Reconstruction,
Senior Advisor of the Coalition Provisional Authority for the
Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Representative of
Romania with the Council for International Cooperation in
Baghdad, highly recommend him for this position. Details of
the academic and professional background of Mr. Onofrei are
to be found in the Curriculum Vitae, herewith attached.

In this regards, the Romanian Government would highly
appreciate the valuable support of the Government of the
United States of America for this candidature.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania avails itself of
this opportunity to renew the Embassy of the United States of
America the assurances of its highest consideration.

Bucharest, 25 May, 2007

End Text


4. (SBU) Begin Text of Curriculum Vitae

First Name: Radu
Last Name: Onofrei
DOB: March 24, 1953
POB: Bucharest, Romania
Nationality: Romanian
Marital Status: Married; one daughter

Academic Record
1968-72 Graduate of the Arts and Humanities High School,
Bucharest
1972-73 Graduate of a two-year term of philological
studies, Faculty of Romance Languages, Classic and Oriental
Studies; University of Bucharest
1973-78 Graduate of the Institute of Political Sciences
and Communication, University of Algiers;
1973-77 4-year Program of the Centre of Arabic Language
and Culture at the University of Algiers;

Training Courses: Secretarial Management (Bucharest, Romania,
1980); International Trade Program (Bucharest, Romania,
1987); IT Technologies Applications (Bucharest, Romania,
1991); European Integration (Brussels, 1999 and 2001).

Professional Record

December 2003 to present
- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to
the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;
2003 (April - August)

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- Special Representative of Romania for Iraq Reconstruction;
- Senior Advisor of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA)
for the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
- Representative of Romania with the Council for
International Cooperation in Baghdad;
2001-2003
- Director for the Middle East and Africa Department,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
1997-2001
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
1993-1997
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to
the Arab Republic of Egypt;
1990-1993
Director for the Middle East Department, Romanian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs;
1986-1990
Diplomat, desk officer for the Gulf countries, Middle East
and Asia Department, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
1980-1986
Attache and 3rd Secretary at the Romanian Embassy in Baghdad;
1979
Joined the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
1978
Postgraduate internship - Radio Bucharest, International
Broadcasting Program for the Middle East


Titles and Awards
High Order of the Faithful Service (2000)
Diploma of Merit of WWF (2001)
Diploma of Diplomatic Excellence (2003)

Other Activities

Founding and Honorary Member of the Romanian-Egyptian Chamber
of Commerce and the Romanian-British Chamber of Commerce;

Founding member and member of the Board of the Romanian
Foundation "Pro-Patrimonio";

Co-founder of the Centre for Arab Studies; University of
Bucharest;

Initiator of the Summit for the Protection of the Environment
and Sustainable Development in the Carpathian and Danube
Region (Bucharest, 2001);

1992-93; 2002-03 - Lecturer on the Middle East at the
Diplomatic Academy of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign
Affairs.

Language Proficiency: Fluent in English, Arabic, and French
Hobbies: History, fine arts and classical music; drawing;
gardening, swimming.

End curriculum vitae.
TAPLIN

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