MEDIA RELEASE

THE AUSTRALIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR TRADE
TIM FISCHER




DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT: AMBASSADOR TO MYANMAR

I have today announced the appointment of Ms Lyndall McLean, AM as Australian Ambassador to Myanmar.

Ms McLean will replace Mr Stuart Hamilton Hume, who has been Ambassador since August 1993.

Australia's relations with Burma are dominated by concerns about the human rights and political situation. The Australian Government's main objectives are to promote a peaceful transition to democracy in the light of the Burmese Government's failure to accept the results of the 1990 elections, and to encourage a greater respect for human rights.

Ms McLean started work in the Department of Defence in 1975 and transferred to the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1980. She is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. After appointments in Australian missions in Seoul and Hanoi, she served while on Leave Without Pay as Representative in the Joint Australian NGO Office, Phnom Penh (1988-91), then as Embassy Counsellor there (1991-92) and was seconded to the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC) in Cambodia 1992-93. Since 1995 she has been Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management Division in the Department in Canberra and was awarded the AM in 1994.

Ms McLean is a graduate of the University of Canberra and of Seoul National University.

9 January 1997


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