Ex-envoy James Larsen at helm on asylum fight

Mark Dodd; 1/3/10

Australia’s former ambassador to Israel, James Larsen, has been appointed the new Ambassador for People-Smuggling Issues, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith announced yesterday. Mr Larsen succeeds Peter Woolcott who has held the position since June last year. The ambassador is responsible for high-level advocacy of Australia’s interests in promoting effective and practical international co-operation to combat the crime of people-smuggling, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, Mr Smith said. “Mr Larsen will continue to promote closer regional co-operation through the Bali process on people-smuggling, trafficking in persons and related trans-national crime, which Australia co-chairs with Indonesia,” he said. “A particular priority for the ambassador will be to work with Indonesia and other countries in the region to utilise the Bali process ad hoc group mechanism to address particular country and regional situations involving people-smuggling.”

See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/ex-envoy-james-larsen-at-helm-on-asylum-fight/story-e6frg6so-1225835363288