T he first German ambassador to Cambodia for 25 years took up his post on Jan. 5.
Dr. Wiprecht von Treskow's appointment comes after diplomatic relations
were restored between the two countries last October.
At the welcoming
ceremony the ambassador renewed Germany's commitment to Cambodia and promised to
assist Cambodia in its efforts to reconcile and to rehabilitate the
Germany provided medical support during UNTAC's mission and has
helped educate Cambodians.
About 1,000 students have received training at
universities or vocational training centers in Germany.
replaces Representative to the SNC Wolfgang Lerke, who was famous among the
Phnom Penh diplomatic corps for his solo ventures to the hinterlands of Cambodia
on his motorcycle. Lerke is now on his way to Beirut to become Germany's
ambassador to Lebanon.