HE Australian ambassador to Cambodia John Holloway is to take up an assignment
as senior adviser to Cambodian Foreign Minister Prince Norodom
A senior official at the Australian embassy in Phnom Penh said
on May 31 that the appointment will take effect from July 14. Holloway's term as
ambassador is scheduled to end in mid-July. He is leaving the Australian
diplomatic service to take the advisor's post.
The confirmation came
after rumors late last week during the visit to Phnom Penh of UN Special
Representative on Human Rights in Cambodia Michael Kirby, also an Australian.
Holloway reportedly said during a private dinner with Kirby and others that he
"would soon be a Cambodian civil servant."
Holloway, 51, has been
ambassador to Cambodia since 1991. He was earlier the deputy director general of
the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau, the official
Australian aid agency. He has also served in Manila, New Delhi and Jakarta among
- An official announcement is expected later this