Profile

Head of Mission

Personal information
Pieter Cornelis Feith was born on 9 February 1945 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He studied Political Science at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Medford, Mass., US (1970).

Current position
On 9 September 2005 the Council of the European Union officially appointed Mr. Feith as Head of Mission for the EU-led Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) to help facilitate the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). The agreement was negotiated by former Finnish President Ahtisaari and signed in Helsinki on 15 August 2005.
Mr. Feith is seconded by the Council General Secretariat of the European Union where he is appointed Deputy Director General for Politico-Military Affairs. He is one of the closest advisors of Mr. Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and an expert on crisis management.

EU Council
In 2003 Mr. Feith led an assessment mission of the EU to Khartoum, Addis Abeba and Darfur in order to explore possible military and civil police support to the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Darfur and to initiate planning contacts with the UN, and later with NATO, as a contribution to the AU. In this capacity he was also appointed Personal Representative of Mr. Javier Solana for Sudan/Darfur. At the end of 2004 he was selected by the Council as Head of the EU Expert Team for Iraq, in which capacity he formulated the recommendation to launch an EU program/mission for strengthening the rule of law in Iraq by training senior police officials, judges and penitentiary staff.

As Deputy Director General in the EU Council Secretariat with special responsibilities for developing the European Security and Defence Policy in October 2001, Mr. Feith contributed significantly to achieving the EU's initial operationality in crisis management. This was quickly followed by launching EU led operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (the Police Mission EUPM taking over from UNIPTF), FYROM and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this context Mr. Feith developed contacts with the UN Secretariat (DPKO), as well as with NATO and OSCE, in order to co-ordinate and strengthen the EU contribution to crisis management to these organisations.

NATO
In December 1995, the NATO North Atlantic Council appointed Mr. Feith as Political Adviser to Commander IFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He completed his assignment with SFOR in March 1997. From August 1998 until October 2001 he worked in the NATO International Staff as Director of the Crisis Management and Operations Directorate and Head of the NATO Balkans Task Force. In this capacity, he contributed to NATO's response to the Kosovo crisis, including the deployment of the KFOR forces in Kosovo in 1999. In addition he provided advice to the Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council on NATO's actions in the Balkans, in particular the SFOR presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Appointed by Secretary General Lord Robertson as his Personal Representative, Mr. Feith successfully contributed to preventing conflict from breaking out during spring 2001 in Southern Serbia by achieving a cease-fire and voluntary disarmament of ethnic Albanian groups who resisted the entry of Yugoslav and Serb security forces in the General Security Zone. Following the same approach in neighbouring FYROM, Mr Feith managed to create the necessary conditions for initiating negotiations on the Ohrid Framework Agreement during the summer of the same year by averting a civil war between the ethnic Albanian armed groups and the Macedonian government forces.

Netherlands Diplomatic Service
Mr Feith entered the Netherlands Diplomatic Service in 1970 and in the course of his career assumed various responsibilities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. In addition, he saw assignments in Damascus, Bonn, New York (Mission to the United Nations), Khartoum and at the Netherlands Mission to NATO and WEU, Brussels. He was Chairman of the first UN Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention at The Hague in May 1997.

Mr Feith performed his military service as a reserve officer of the Netherlands Marine Corps. He is married and has three daughters. In his spare time he is an active tennis player.

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